Q&A with Golf Coach Josh Hill

by Allie Kirkman

September 10, 2021

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New golf coach Josh Hill brings a lot of energy to the 100-year-old program. Since July, he has Josh Hillworked hard to connect with students and alumni as the newest Little Giant head coach.

Hill comes to Wabash from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he spent two seasons as an assistant golf coach for the nationally-ranked Quakers' program after four years as a student-athlete.

“Josh brings a championship pedigree to Wabash that will elevate our golf program,” said Wabash Director of Athletics Matt Tanney ’05. “His playing and coaching experiences at the highest levels of Division III are a great fit for the team and the direction it's headed.”

Hill enjoyed an accomplished career as a student collegiate golfer at Guilford, where he graduated from in 2019 with a dual Bachelor of Arts in business administration and economics. He received Ping All-America honors three times and was a three-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference First Team selection.

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A two-year captain for the Quakers, Hill played in the NCAA DIII Championships three times while helping Guilford to three top-five finishes including a second-place finish in 2017. He was a semifinalist in 2018 and 2019 for the Jack Nicklaus Award presented to the top collegiate golfers each season.

“Josh is the real deal,” said Mac Petty H’82, who served 13 seasons as the head golf coach and most recently served as an advisor to former head golf coach Tyler Schmutz during the 2019-2020 season.

“He’s an impressive player, a coach and knows a lot about the game and how we can continue to grow as a program,” Petty said. “He’s ambitious and I’m excited to see where he takes our guys.”

We caught up with Hill to learn more about what drew him to coach at Wabash College and his goals for the golf team.

Q: What attracted you to Wabash?

First, the opportunity to lead a golf program, and a program I knew was getting the right support not just from the athletic department, but the College as a whole. Second, the history and tradition behind Wabash is incredible. I’m a big history guy, so I’ve really enjoyed reading old articles in The Bachelor and digging into the archives to learn more about Wabash.

Q: What do you want student-athletes to know about you?Hill began his duties as coach on July 26.

I’m super laid back, but also a very fiery competitor. My office door is always open, so anyone is welcome to stop by and say hello. I expect a lot of myself to make sure this team is always set up for success and has the best chance to win no matter the tournament. 

Q: What has impressed you, so far, about the program and its history?

It’s incredible that the program has been around for 100 years — I’m not sure how many colleges or universities can say they have had a golf program for that long. I feel very fortunate and blessed to be a part of a program with such rich history and tradition.

The players on the team have been great helping me get adjusted to Wabash. This group has a lot of potential and is already putting in a lot of long hours early in the season.

Q: What are your goals for the team?

My main goal for the program is to put us in contention as many times as we can. Not only this year, but for years to follow. You can’t win every tournament, but we should at least expect to be near the top of every leaderboard with a chance to win no matter the tournament.

What is most important to me as a coach is to set these young men up for success and make sure they enjoy their time at Wabash. Hopefully, we can collect a lot of trophies in the process.

Q: You have previously said, “Wabash is not that far away from competing for a North Coast Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.” What needs to happen for the team to get to that point?

Going above and beyond is what sets champions apart. We will put in that extra work. The golf season is long, but if we work hard and hold each other accountable, myself included, the sky is the limit for this team and this program.

 


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