The college football world is mourning the loss of Aubrey Hill.
Hill, 48, died on August 16 after battling cancer. The former Florida Gators receiver was entering his fourth season as the receivers coach at Florida International University.
Here’s more on the loss of Hill, who made a lasting impact on college football both as a player and coach.
Aubrey Hill played college football at Florida
Born in Miami, Aubrey Hill stayed in the Sunshine State and played at the University of Florida from 1990-44.
Playing under Steve Spurrier, Hill caught 87 passes for 1,454 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Hill did most of that damage as a fifth-year senior in 1994, a season where he ended his college career with career-highs in catches (33), receiving yards (546), and touchdowns (seven).
Florida won at least nine games in each of the five seasons Hill spent in Gainesville.
Hill had a long and successful coaching career
Aubrey Hill played his final college down in 1994. Two years later, Hill was again with the Gators, this time as a graduate assistant.
Florida celebrated Hill’s return by winning the 1997 Sugar Bowl, that year’s national championship game. Hill received his first position coach job in 1999, when he became the receivers coach at Duke.
He held that role until 2004, when he jumped to Elon University after a coaching change. Hill returned to the FBS level in 2005 and spent three years as the Pittsburgh Panthers’ receivers coach.
In 2008, Hill became the Miami Hurricanes’ receivers coach and held that role through 2010. He also spent his final year in Miami as the Hurricanes’ recruiting coordinator.
Hill again returned to Florida in 2011 but resigned before the 2012 season amid ties to an athletics scandal at Miami.
Hill coached at Miami Carol City High School from 2013-16. The Chiefs won a state championship in his final year and Hill was named the Miami Dolphins High School Coach of the Year.
After a brief stint at Marshall, Hill returned to Florida and coached FIU’s receivers from 2017-19. He would have held that same role this season.
The college football world is mourning Aubrey Hill’s death
On August 16, Florida International announced Hill passed away.
Although the school didn’t announce a cause of death, FIU coach Butch Davis said Hill passed away from cancer.
“Aubrey was loved and adored by so many who saw him not only as a coach, but as an amazing husband and father. We mourn his loss, but we will also hold on to the great memories he left behind and how honored we all were to be a part of his life. We pray for his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Tributes poured in from the college football community. FIU receiver Theodore Richardson tweeted a picture of the two.
“You gave me the opportunity when nobody else did,” Richardson wrote. “Im [sic] not gon [sic] let it go to waste believe that.”
FIU co-defensive coordinator Jerod Kruse had no shortage of positive terms to describe Hill.
“One of the greatest Father, Coach, Friend, and Christian Man I have ever been blessed to have as a part of my life!” Kruse tweeted. “Until we meet again, keep smiling!! All our love RIP Coach Aubrey Hill!!!”
Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds tweeted his sorrow after he learned of Hill’s death.
“I loved Aubrey Hill,” Reynolds wrote. “God bless his family.”