Coach Richard G. Hill, retired athletic director of Provo High School, has been named 1988 recipient of a Community Service Award from the Brigham Young University Alumni Association.
The award will be presented at the Provo Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at noon June 2 in the Excelsior Hotel by John Stohlton, BYU executive vice president.Hill, who served Provo High for more than 30 years, influenced many young people for good, Stohlton said. "Dick is one of the finest men that I've ever known, and he has had a real impact on the youth of this area."
Gifford Nielsen, former quarterback for the Houston Oilers who played for Hill at Provo High, said, "The thing that sticks in my mind is the fact that he was more concerned with developing my teammates and me to be good, responsible young men than to win games. To Coach Hill, the winning would take care of itself if I worked hard and didn't cheat my teammates and myself."
And the winning took care of itself more than once. During his term as football, baseball and wrestling coach and as athletic director, Provo High won 38 state championships.
Hill graduated from BYU in 1951 and earned a master's degree in recreation administration in 1964. An outstanding athlete himself, Hill lettered in football at BYU for 3 years. He also lettered in baseball for 3 years and in wrestling for 1 year.