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Houston's Hill named assistant coach of the year

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Houston's Chris Hill was named as the 2014 recipient of the Jan Strickland Award, presented annually to the top assistant coach in collegiate golf.

Presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, the award seeks to identify an assistant who, "among other things, has excelled in working with the student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom."

Hill has been with the Houston program for four years overall, and this is his second season as the associate head coach of the men's team. Last year he helped to oversee a significant turnaround for the Cougars, who claimed their first conference championship since 2002. This season, the team has won four team championships along with four individual medalist honors.

"I am both very humbled and honored to win the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year award," Hill said in a media release. "When I started coaching, I only dreamt that someday I would be included in the ranks of coaches ever even considered for such an honor."

Ranked among the top 10 nationally, Houston finished third last week at the American Athletic Conference Championships behind SMU and UCF. Should the Cougars make regionals next month, it would mark the first time the men's team made three straight appearances at regionals since 2000-2002.