Aubrey Hill, 35, is a native of Miami and played college football at the University of Florida. Most of his family resides in the Miami area. Hill has been the Pittsburgh wideouts coach since 2005.
"Aubrey left the program for personal reasons to go to Miami,'' Wannstedt said. "He's from Miami. He went to high school there and stayed in Florida to go to college, so it's a great opportunity for him to go back home. The personal reasons were a major factor in him returning home.''
Wannstedt must also replace offensive line coach Paul Dunn, who was fired in December, and defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, who left a day before Hill to be take the same position at Auburn. Wannstedt is expected to name former associate and New York Jets assistant Tony Wise as Pitt's offensive line coach. However, Wannstedt noted that he was in no hurry to hire a new wideouts coach.
"We'll hire somebody there that's an outstanding coach and recruiter and keep everything going,'' Wannstedt said. A possible replacement could be Terry Smith, a former Penn State receiver, who is now the head coach at Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa.
Hill was the Panthers' wideouts coach for Wannstedt the past three seasons and helped develop senior Derek Kinder into a first-team All-Big East pick in 2006. Greg Lee was an All-Big East first-teamer during Hill's first season at Pitt. He has also worked with young receivers like T.J. Porter, Oderick Turner, Maurice Williams and Aundre Wright.
Hill was a standout wideout for the Gators from 1991-94 and was a graduate assistant there from 1996-98. He also was a coaching intern with the Miami Dolphins under Wannstedt in 2002.
Hill, who played and coached under Steve Spurrier's "Fun 'n Gun'' offense at Florida, joined Pitt after working at NCAA I-AA Elon (N.C.) University as receivers coach in 2004. He previously was the receivers coach at Duke for five seasons.
As a player, Hill helped Florida to a four-year record of 43-10-1 (.806) and three SEC championships. He compiled 86 receptions and 18 touchdowns for his career and caught a touchdown every 4.78 catches, the third best TD ratio in Gators history. He was a team captain as a senior in 1994.
Following his playing career, Hill served as a Florida graduate assistant from 1996-98. In his first season as an assistant, Florida captured the national championship with a 12-1 mark, capped by a 52-20 victory over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. During his three years on the Florida staff, the Gators went a combined 32-5 (.865).
Hill earned his first full-time appointment at Duke, where he served as receivers coach from 1999-2003. He was instrumental in the development of Scottie Montgomery, who finished his collegiate career ranked second in career receptions (171) and third in yardage (2,379) for the Blue Devils.
He supplemented his collegiate experience with a pair of NFL internships, including stints with the Washington Redskins (summer 2001) and Dolphins (summer 2002). Hill was involved with receivers and special teams in both internships, working with such pro wideouts as Chris Chambers and Orande Gadsden at Miami and Darnerien McCants and Derrius Thompson at Washington.
Hill has two degrees from Florida, including a bachelor's in exercise and sport sciences and a master's in leisure/sports management.
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