The 2010 Bulldog football season is fast approaching and Fresno State's Pat Hill has been recognized for his coaching ability.
Hill was ranked No. 6 in a listing of the top Non-AQ
(Automatic Qualifier) coaches by Rivals.com. It was a list of the Top 15 coaches
from the non-BCS conference schools.
Utah's Kyle Whittingham was first on the list followed by Boise State's Chris Petersen. Peterson, Hill and Nevada's Chris Ault, No. 9 on the list, were the three WAC coaches on the list.
"Hill has made Fresno State into a nationally respected program with the mantra to "play anybody, anytime, anywhere." He's the longest tenured coach on this list, entering his 14th season in his job with a 100-66 mark. No, Hill hasn't taken Fresno State to a BCS bowl, and his Bulldogs haven't won the WAC since 1999. But he's also had to work with resources that pale compared to his peers," Tom Dienhart, Rivals.com .
Among Hill's accomplishments include producing three NFL first round draft picks during his career, most recently Ryan Mathews who was No. 12 overall in the 2010 draft by the San Diego Chargers and his ability to raise the academic reputation of the program. This past year Fresno State had a school record 18 student-athletes named to the Academic All-WAC team, two Academic All-Americans (Anderw Jackson and Robert Malone) and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award winner (Moses Harris).
Hill and the Bulldogs open the 2010 season Sept. 4 at home against defending Big East Champion Cincinnati. Season tickets for the 2010 season now are available.