Fred Hill To Be Honored By Montclair State


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Fred Hill, Rutgers' long-time baseball coach
Fred Hill, Rutgers' long-time baseball coach

Montclair State’s athletics department is bestowing a rare honor on Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill: It will retire his jersey, No. 24, in a special ceremony on February 13.

Hill is a long-time resident of Verona and the inspiration for the Fred Hill Sports Academy on Fairview Avenue. (He is also the father of embattled Rutgers basketball coach Fred Hill.) The senior Hill was Montclair State’s head coach from 1977 to 1983 and this spring will begin his 27th season with Rutgers’ Scarlet Knights. During his time at Montclair State, Hill totaled up a 148-92-1 and guided his team to the NCAA Division III World Series in 1983. At Rutgers, his record is 832-532-7, and his teams have won 12 regular-season or conference championships and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.

The jersey retirement is only the third in Montclair State’s history, coming after that of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Carol Blazejowski (12) and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Sam Mills (62). The ceremony will be held at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J. beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $45.00. For more information, call Montclair State’s Diamond Club at (973) 668-2560 or e-mail at [email protected].

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“There’s no one more deserving of this honor than Coach Hill,” said current MSU head baseball coach Norm Schoenig. “For all that he has done, not only at Montclair State but the influence he has had on the many players and coaches in collegiate baseball throughout his career.”

“I am deeply honored and want to thank Montclair State,” said Hill. “Coach Schoenig and the Montclair State family have always held a special place in my heart. To be recognized with such an illustrious group is something I will truly cherish. I am “

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Now back in Verona, she contributes to a variety of publications and Web sites, and consults on social media. In Verona, she serves on the Verona Environmental Commission and HBW SCA, and has been part of many other civic and religious groups in town. A graduate of Rutgers University’s Environmental Stewards program, she has also run an after-school program on the environment for elementary school children here. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. What a wonderful honor for such a lengendary coach and ambassador for the game of baseball. Congratulations Coach Hill!

  2. Hands down the finest coach I ever played for. His knowledge of the game was unmatched, and accepted no less than your very best every time you stepped onto the field. Congrats Coach Hill!


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