Elson, Hill and O'Boyle earn promotions
Photos from the second day of fall camp.
One of the most decorated quarterbacks in Saluki Football history, Nick Hill returned to his alma mater for the 2014 season to begin his collegiate coaching career. After his first season, Hill was promoted to co-offensive coordinator and will continue to work with the quarterbacks.
In his first season coaching the quarterbacks at SIU, Hill's quarterbacks set a program record for touchdown passes with 29, and Mark Iannotti earned a spot on the MVFC All-Newcomer team. The program's passing and first down totals were its highest since 2007.
Hill spent the 2013 season as the head coach at Carbondale High School. Prior to his coaching career, Hill spent parts of six seasons in professional football. He played for four different arena league teams and also signed free agent contracts with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.
Hill was a two-year starter for the Salukis. As a senior in 2007, he was named first-team All-MVFC as he set single-season school records for passing yards (3,175), completion percentage (71.5) and touchdown passes (28). That year he led the Salukis to a 12-2 record and the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs -- the program's deepest run into the postseason since winning the National Championship in 1983.
Despite playing only two years at SIU, he ranks fifth in career passing yards (5,184), second in touchdown passes (46) and first in completion percentage (68.3).
In 2013, Hill was voted to the Saluki Football All-Century team. A native of nearby DuQuoin, Ill., he is married to his wife, Alicia.