The Falcons announced the hiring of Pat Hill as the team’s new offensive line coach yesterday. Hill will replace the departed Paul Boudreau, whose contract was not renewed by the team earlier this month. Hill comes to Atlanta after fifteen seasons as the head coach of Fresno State. There he accumulated an 112-80 record and made 11 bowl appearances. Prior to taking the job at Fresno State in 1997, Hill spent five years as an offensive line coach with the Cleveland Browns (1992-95) and Baltimore Ravens (1996). In Cleveland, he served under New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
Hill coached current Falcons safety James Sanders and guard Andrew Jackson during his time at Fresno State. Jackson is one of four former Fresno State offensive linemen currently in the league. Logan Mankins and Ryan Wendell both play for Belichick in New England, while Kenny Wiggins is currently a member of the Ravens practice squad.
Prior to taking the job with the Browns, Hill was the offensive coordinator at the University of Arizona for two seasons. That followed a six-year stint as an assistant at Fresno State where he primarily coached the offensive line. In 1983, he worked with the offensive linemen for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. Prior to that he served as the offensive line coach at UNLV (1981-82), Utah (1977-80), and L.A. Valley College (1974-76).