Utah athletic director Chris Hill announced on Monday that he would be retiring after serving 31 years as athletic director.
Hill, 68, announced the decision in a press conference at Utah on Monday morning.
Hill, the nation’s longest-tenured athletics director, was first hired as the AD in 1987. He will perhaps be best remembered for engineering Utah’s move to the Pac-12 and his hirings of Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham. He also hired Rick Majerus, who led the Utes to a NCAA championship appearance in 1998.
Utah AD Chris Hill announced he will retire.
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“Chris Hill leaves a tremendous legacy at the University of Utah,” said University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins in a school news release. “Chris has embodied all the traits needed to build a successful program: a student advocate, a skilled negotiator, a solid administrator with a keen eye for talent, an excellent fundraiser and a passionate sports fan. His leadership and relentless drive to raise the caliber and quality of our athletic programs over his 31-year career helped earn the university an invitation to join the Pac-12 Conference— a milestone that has proven to be transformational for our entire campus.”