NBA veteran Bob Hill is in his first season as head coach for the Sonics, having originally joined the team as an assistant coach on Aug. 26, 2005. He was named head coach on Jan. 3, 2006. On Apr. 17, 2006, the Sonics picked up their 2006-07 contract option on Hill.
Hill joined the Sonics staff with 30-plus years of basketball coaching experience, including stints in the NBA, CBA, NCAA and international competition. Most recently, Hill was head coach at Fordham University from 1999 through 2002.
From 1994 through 1996, Hill led the San Antonio Spurs to a record of 121-43, won two division titles and guided his team to the Western Conference Finals in 1995. In that series, the Spurs lost to the eventual NBA Champion Houston Rockets. During the 1993-94 season, Hill worked as an assistant under Orlando Head Coach Brian Hill and helped the Magic register a 50-win season. After taking over as head coach for the 9-16 Indiana Pacers in 1991-92, Hill finished the season 32-25. Hill compiled a 113-108 record during his three seasons with Indiana (1990 through 1993).
A native of Ohio, Hill holds an overall NBA head coaching record of 257-212 (.548). In his five full seasons as an NBA head coach, Hill and his teams reached the playoffs each year.
Hill was an assistant coach at the University of Kansas from 1977 through 1985 serving under Jayhawks head coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown. He was also an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh and at Bowling Green.
The author of the book “Coaching For Success and Beyond,” Hill often gives motivational speeches on the theme of “Team Bonds.” .