Hill hired to restore Magic in Orlando
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Brian Hill was hired as head coach of the
Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Hill returns to the team that he guided to three 50-
plus win campaigns as well as an appearance in the 1995 NBA Finals.
Hill, who had been an assistant with the New Jersey Nets, replaces Chris Jent,
who took over on an interim basis after Johnny Davis was fired with 18 games
left in the 2004-05 season. The Magic finished 36-46 and missed the playoffs
for the second consecutive year.
“As we went through this process and talked to several candidates, we kept
coming back to one guy — Brian Hill,” said president and CEO Bob Vander
Weide. “Brian brings to the table many of the qualities we were looking for
throughout this process. He is experienced, disciplined, structure oriented
and excellent in regard to game preparation and in-game strategy.”
Hill’s NBA coaching career began in 1986, as he served as an assistant to Mike
Fratello in Atlanta. After four seasons in Atlanta, Hill joined Orlando as an
assistant to Matt Guokas in 1990. He was then promoted to head coach prior to
the 1993-94 campaign.
In three-plus years at the helm of the Magic, Hill compiled a 191-104 mark. He
guided the Magic to a 57-25 record in 1994-95. Orlando captured the Atlantic
Division title that season and reached the NBA Finals, where it was swept by
the Houston Rockets. The following year, the Magic posted a franchise-best
60-22 mark, but lost to Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals.
After being replaced by Richie Adubato on February 18, 1997, Hill was named
head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies prior to the 1997-98 season. His tenure
with the Grizzlies concluded 22 games into the 1999-2000 campaign following a