Harding adds Chris Hill to football coaching staff

Harding adds Chris Hill to football coaching staff

Searcy, AR (Harding) - Chris Hill, who coached Wynne High School to three Arkansas 5A East championships and two state finals in six seasons, will be returning to Harding University and joining head coach Paul Simmons' staff for the 2017 season.

Hill, 50, was a running back at Harding from 1987-90 and gained 1,937 all-purpose yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 38 games. He earned second-team All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference honors in 1988 as a sophomore.

Hill led Wynne to a 62-15 record in six seasons. His other recent head coaching stops included Parkway High School in Bossier Parish, Louisiana (2010-11), Ashdown High School (2008-10), Van Buren High School (2006-2008) and Morrilton High School (2003-06).

"If I was going to describe what a perfect hire for Harding would be, it would be a coach with an unbelievable work ethic, a person who is passionate about mentoring young men, and someone who is loyal to Harding University," Simmons said. "Coach Hill checks every box."

Hill, whose Wynne teams ran the flexbone offense the last two seasons, will work as an offensive assistant.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to coach at Harding," Hill said. "Harding has been very successful in the last few years. The opportunity to come back and coach with a great group of coaches is exciting. I am just happy to be a part of it."

Hill earned his bachelor's degree in physical education at Harding in 1991 and completed a master's in educational leadership through Harding in 2005.

Hill and his wife, Elaine, have been married 22 years. The couple has two children, Tristen, a sophomore at Harding, and Jaden.