Boise State women’s head coach Kristin Hill has resigned, according to a report in the Idaho Statesman and a press release by the school. Hill had helmed the Broncos since the team’s inaugural 2006-2007 season and had guided the team to notable success.
It only took the Broncos four seasons as a program to win their first Western Athletic Conference championship, and they’ve won three more conference titles since then. Hill’s early success led to her being named as the conference coach of the year two times.
Additionally, Boise State has regularly had women swimming at NCAA championships, and has had five All-American honorable mentions, which is a good amount of success for a program that is relatively new, as well as a mid-major.
Part of Hill’s statement in the school press release:
“After nine wonderful years of building a program here at Boise State, and 18 years of college coaching, I have decided that it is time to spend more time with my young children and my husband. They have all sacrificed so much to allow me to pursue this dream as a Division I college coach, and now I feel a strong pull to give more back to them and allow our family to spend more time together.
“Coaching is a passion of mine, particularly at the college level where we can help swimmers realize their dreams, and I hope to return to the sport in the future. Boise State is a phenomenal place and I will miss the support and relationships with our administration, fellow coaches, and each student-athlete I have been fortunate to work with. I’m very appreciative that they selected me to start the program back in 2006, and I will truly miss working with the outstanding team and their families coming in this fall.”
Before coming to Boise State to start its program, Hill sent six years an assistant coach at Texas A&M.
Hill’s resignation is at least the third by a notable female coach this summer, coming on the heels of Cal women’s associate head coach Kristen Cunnane‘s resignation, and Tasha Marchant, head coach of the Colorado state champs Fossil Ridge High School team also announcing that she was stepping down. In both instances,the coaches, like Hill, cited family considerations as their primary motivation.
There is currently no word on possible replacements for Hill, and the school press release said that a national search will begin immediately.