SALT LAKE CITY — A staple for University of Utah sports is calling it quits after a lengthy career.
The university announced Monday, March 26, that Chris Hill will retire from his position as athletic director after 31 years at the helm. Hill is the longest active-tenured athletic directors at the NCAA FBS level, according to a press release from U of U.
Hill took the job in 1987, and is credited for being the leader of the Utes’ transition into the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
Hill is also known for hiring elite coaches during his tenure, such as football coach Urban Meyer — who lead the Utes to an undefeated season in 2004 capped off by defeating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl — and men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus — who took Utah through the 1998 NCAA Tournament before falling to Kentucky in the national championship.
With Hill at the helm, Utah athletics opened 17 new facilities and has reached a number of postseason tournaments, including a total of 15 NCAA Tournament appearances by both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the release says.
"Chris Hill leaves a tremendous legacy at the University of Utah," said university President Ruth V. Watkins in a press 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.”