On Wednesday, South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan announced that men's tennis head coach Matt Hill will be leaving USF to accept the same position for the newly reinstated men's tennis program at Arizona State. The Holt, Michigan, native will help restart a Sun Devils program that was on hiatus since 2008 due to budget cuts, but was brought back this May through reinvestment from the school and alumni.
"Matt did an incredible job with our tennis program, both on and off the court, during in his four years at USF," Harlan said in the official press release. "We thank him for his dedicated service and for leading tremendous student-athletes in this men's tennis program to unprecedented success. Matt is truly one of the bright young standouts in collegiate coaching, and we wish he and his wife, Katie, nothing but the best going forward."
Hired by former AD Doug Woolard in June 2012, Hill established an tenure of excellence at the helm in Tampa. His accomplishments with the Bulls includes his team three-peating as American champions, Hill personally three-peating as American Coach of the Year, and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2015.
Hill is credited with coaching and developing one of the all-time great athletes in USF history, Roberto Cid. Cid became a three-time conference player of the year and two-time All-American (along with teammate Dominic Controne). He appeared in the NCAA quarterfinals twice, and reached as high as #2 in the ITA rankings in 2016, the highest ranking ever for an individual in program history.
Mark Harlan and staff are already searching for a replacement who can continue what Hill established at USF. "I spoke to the team this afternoon and pledged that we will find a great leader who will help them continue their push to be among the nation's best."
It goes without saying whoever follows Matt Hill will have extremely large shoes to fill.