John Hill III
John Hill III
Title: Head Baseball Coach
Phone: 620-223-2700 x.7170
Email: johnh@fortscott.edu

The 2018-19 academic year will mark the eleventh year for Head Coach John Hill III at Fort Scott Community College. In Coach Hill’s ten previous years at Fort Scott, the program has seen unprecedented heights both on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

 

On the field, the program has won thirty or more games for eight consecutive years, which eclipses the total number of thirty win seasons in program history prior to Coach Hill’s arrival (35 years). The four highest drafted players ever have occurred in:

Ka’ai Tom, Cleveland Indians – 5th Round of the 2015 MLB Draft

John Means, Baltimore Orioles – 11th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft

Boby Johnson, Colorado Rockies 16th Round of the 2018 MLB Draft

Sam Gilbert, Oakland Athletics – 19th Round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

 

Additionally, the 2018 draft marked the 5th consecutive year either a current player or alum of Coach Hill was drafted in the MLB Draft with Boby Johnson going in the 16th Round to the Colorado Rockies.

 

In the classroom, the program has averaged a Team GPA of 3.43 and has finished with the highest Team GPA in the Conference & Region in 8 of his 10 years and has finished in the top eleven nationally out of almost 400 NJCAA Baseball Programs – including a 2nd in the nation finish for four consecutive school years – 2012-2016.

 

In the community, the team has provided twenty to thirty hours of community service each year per player.

 

Lastly, Coach Hill was also selected by his peers to be the President of the Baseball Coaches Association for a 5 year span from 2011-2016.

 

Overall, the numbers in Coach Hill’s tenure are impressive:

  • Highest Team GPA in the Conference & Region w/ a top eleven finish nationally in 8 of his 10 years out of almost 400 NJCAA Baseball Programs
  • 60 Academic All-Americans w/ 29 being Distinguished Academic All-Americans (3.80-4.00)
  • 3.43 Team GPA
  • 35 wins per year
  • Winningest Coach in program History (346 wins)
  • 61 All-Conference players, 13 All-Region Players, 4 All-Americans
  • Every sophomore in Coach Hill’s tenure has been offered a baseball scholarship following their time at FSCC

 

The 2017-18 team finished with a record of 41-15 (4th most in program history, 44 years) and reset a large number of statistical records within the program. Academically, the team earned a 3.33 Team GPA and finished 11th nationally for the second straight year. In total, ten players earned Academic All-American Status (GPA 3.60+). Ten players earned All-Conference Honors and three earned All-Region, including the Conference Player of the Year and All-American Andrew Morrow.

 

The 2016-17 team finished with a record of 38-24 (6th most wins in program history, 43 years) and advanced to the Region VI Championships, losing in the quarterfinals. Six players earned All-Conference Honors. Academically, the team earned a 3.34 Team GPA and finished 11th nationally. In total, nine players earned Academic All-American status (GPA 3.60+)

 

The 2015-16 team finished with a record of 37-21 (7th most wins in program history, 42 years) and lost in the first round of the Region VI playoffs. Six players earned All-Conference Honors one earned All-Region Honors. Academically, the team earned a 3.59 Team GPA and for the fourth consecutive year finished second in the nation in Team GPA. It was the ninth consecutive year the team had the highest Team GPA in the conference and region. Six players earned Academic All-American status (GPA 3.60+)

 

The 2014-15 team finished with a record of 32-29 and lost in the Regional Semi-Finals, just two games shy of the Junior College World Series. The postseason run was the furthest in program history (41 years). Three players earned All-Conference Honors and 1 earned All-Region Honors. Academically, the team earned a 3.68 GPA and for the third consecutive year finished second in the nation in Team GPA. It was the eighth consecutive year the team had the highest Team GPA in the conference and region. Six sophomores earned Academic All-American with a cumulative GPA of 3.60+.

 

The 2013-14 team finished with a record of 31-27 and lost in the first round of the Region VI playoffs. Six players earned All-Conference honors and One earned All-Region honors. Academically, the team earned a 3.72 GPA for the school year and for the second consecutive year finished with the second highest Team GPA in the nation as well as their sixth straight year in the top four in the nation out of 396 NJCAA Baseball programs. In addition, this will mark the seventh consecutive year the program has had the highest Team GPA in the conference and region. Seven sophomores earned Academic All-American with a cumulative GPA of 3.60+.

 

The 2012-13 team finished with a record of 40-17 and advanced to the Region VI Super Regional. The 40 wins were the third most in school history. Seven players earned All-Conference honors and two earned All-Region honors. Academically, the team earned a 3.37 GPA and finished with the highest Team GPA in the conference and region for the sixth consecutive year. Five sophomores earned Academic All-American with a cumulative GPA of 3.60+.

 

The 2011-12 team finished with a record of 30-26 and landed three players on the All-Conference team and one on the All-Region team. Academically, the team finished with the fourth highest Team GPA in the nation with a 3.31 GPA and had two sophomores earn Academic All-American with a cumulative GPA of 3.60+. This marked the fourth straight year the baseball program finished in the top six nationally in Team GPA and the third straight year the team finished in the top four out of 396 NJCAA Baseball programs.

 

Hill's 2010-11 team finished with a record of 42-18. In the postseason the team lost in the Sub-Regional Championship Game. The 42 wins were the second most in school history. The Baseball program also landed a school record elevn players on the All-Conference team and two on the All-Region team. Academically, the team finished with a 3.33 GPA the fourth highest Team GPA in the nation and had four sophomores achieve Academic All-American with a cumulative GPA of 3.60+. The program also had three Distinguished Academic All-Americans (GPA of 3.80+). This marked the third straight year the baseball program finished in the top six nationally in Team GPA and the second straight year the team finished in the top four.

 

In Hill's second year, the 2009-10 team finished 27-31 narrowly missing the NJCAA Region VI Championship and landed three players on the All-Conference team and one player on the All-Region team. In his second year, the team earned a 3.43 GPA and finished third in the nation in Team GPA and had six sophomores earn Academic All-American (cumulative GPA of 3.60+) with four of those being Distinguished Academic All-Americans (cumulative GPA of 3.80+).

 

The first year of Hill's tenure, 2008-09, the team finished 28-26 and landed six players on the All-Conference team and one player on the All-Region team. In the postseason the team finished fifth in the NJCAA Region VI tournament just three games shy of the NJCAA World Series. The team finished sixth in the nation in Team GPA with a 3.26 GPA and had four sophomores earn Academic All-American with a cumulative GPA of 3.60+ with two of those being Distinguished Academic All-Americans (cumulative GPA of 3.80+)

 

Prior to arriving at Fort Scott Community College, Hill spent two years as an assistant coach at Neosho County Community College, three years as an assistant at Pittsburg State University and one year as an assistant at Baker University. While at Pittsburg State and Neosho County, Hill served as the hitting and infield coach, as well as being the recruiting and strength and conditioning coordinator. As an assistant coach, Hill helped recruit and develop three Athletic All-Americans, five Academic All-Americans, and one National Gold Glove winner in his three years at Pittsburg State University. While at Neosho County, Hill recruited and developed two Athletic All-Americans and one Academic-American as well as another National Gold Glove winner.

Hill has had 38 former players reach the professional baseball ranks. Hill also serves as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers organization.

 

Hill has an Associate in Arts as well as an Associate of Science from Highland Community College. Hill also graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baker University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. He graduated with Graduate Honors from Pittsburg State in 2005 with a Master of Science in Physical Education. Hill is currently pursuing another Master Degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University. In addition to coaching, Hill also serves as an instructor in the HPER Department at Fort Scott Community College.

 

Hill is a Lawrence, Kansas native and is the son of Lee and Dr. John Hill II. He has 4 sisters Angel, Alyssa, Micaela, Jillian and 1 brother Dane. His wife, Lindsay, is from Toronto, KS and is the Head Volleyball Coach as well as an instructor in the HPER Department at Fort Scott Community College. They are the proud parents of two sons, John IV (7) and Hudson (4). The Hills also own a Christian Based Preschool in Fort Scott called Sunbeam Christian School. The Hills reside in Fort Scott, KS.