Hill Named BYU Defensive Coordinator

The following is a press release from BYU. The release announces Jaime Hill's promotion from coach of the secondary to defensive coordinator for the Cougars.

PROVO, Utah (January 10, 2008) -- BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall today announced Jaime Hill has been promoted to defensive coordinator. The move formalizes the capacity Hill has served in over the past season. While Mendenhall will maintain play-calling responsibilities on game-day, Hill is responsible for managing the essential aspects of running the defensive unit.

"I'm very grateful for this opportunity for personal growth within this profession; especially with this great program at Brigham Young University," Hill said. "I truly believe the foundation was laid by Coach Edwards and his staff, along with the players. Coach Mendenhall's staff and players have brought back the past glory, and have created their own line of history that will be passed down. This is something we can build upon for the future, and the future looks bright."

Since arriving at BYU for the 2006 season, Hill has played a significant role in the defensive secondary's marked improvement. In the two seasons since his arrival, BYU is averaging 17 interceptions, 50.5 pass break-ups and is allowing just under 208 yards passing per game. In addition, due in part to improved coverage, sacks have also increased to an average 28 per season since Hill's arrival.

In 2007 the Cougars finished as the 10th ranked defense in the country. Rushing defense finished the season ranked 9th nationally, passing defense jumped to 32nd and the team finished ninth nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 18.5 points per game.

"Coach Hill has made a tremendous impact on our defensive in the time he has been here and this is a way for us to recognize him for his contributions," Mendenhall said. "This promotion gives Coach Hill the formal responsibility of handling the day-to-day duties of running the defense, allowing me to focus my attention on other aspects of the program. I have a lot of respect for Coach Hill and the work he has done, and I am confident this will give our defense the opportunity to continue to improve."

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