Here’s how the Internet is reacting to Nick Hill as SIU’s head football coach

By Daily Egyptian staff

SIU Athletic Director Tommy Bell announced Wednesday that interim head football coach Nick Hill, a 30-year-old DuQuoin native, will serve as SIU’s head football coach. 

Hill, a 2004-07 Saluki quarterback, replaces Dale Lennon, who was fired on Nov. 30 after eight years with the Dawgs and a 51-42 record. Hill was named interim head coach the following day. 

Following the announcement, several players expressed their excitement for their new coach — the youngest in the Missouri Valley Conference. 

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“I can speak for a lot of my teammates when I say we are very excited to be apart of the new culture he is going to bring to our program,” said redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Straub, calling Hill a players’ coach. “I always have been impressed with his communication skills and how well he is able to build relationships.”

Sophomore fullback Hans Carmien said Hill is youthful and brings a lot of energy to the players. Junior offensive tackle Adam Clay agreed.

“I’m excited to hear he’ll be our next head coach,” Clay said. “His energy and commitment to [the] community will be a positive influence on our team and program.” 

Sophomore free safety Kenny James said he is excited to see what Hill “has in store.”

“He’s a great coach but more than anything a great guy,” James said. “He has the right mindset in turns of being a family and getting this team on track.”

Following Bell’s announcement, junior cornerback Justin Johnson tweeted: “More then excited for what’s next ! about to turn this program up!!

SIU women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein tweeted: “Nick Hill selected as our next coach! Congrats-outstanding young man!”

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Greg Scott, director of communications for the SIU Foundation, tweeted: “Nick Hill is the right man at the right time for SIU. Impressive background at a young age. I’m excited about the future of !”

710 Bookstore tweeted: “Congrats to Nick Hill and Alicia. SALUKIS FOR LIFE.”

Username @CJOpp13 tweeted: “Nick Hill led my Du Quoin Youth Club flag football team to an undefeated record when I was 7. I’m sure he can do the same at SIU. .”

Former SIU basketball coach Chris Lowery, assistant basketball coach at Kansas State University, also congratulated Hill on Twitter. 

Others were more skeptical. Username @JAlanAnderson42 responded to a Saluki Athletics tweet with: “How old is he, like 24?”

“It didn’t work so well for them hiring Chris Lowrey, lets [sic] hope history won’t repeat itself,” a Daily Egyptian reader commented on our initial report. “A good player on a winning team doesn’t necessarily give them the ability to coach.”

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