Q&A with Missouri receivers coach Andy Hill

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Wednesday June 2,2010

FootballScoop.com Staff

Andy Hill has coached nine seasons under Gary Pinkel and 14 seasons overall at the University of Missouri, making him the longest tenured coach on the Tiger football staff. Hill has coached the Mizzou wide receivers ever since joining the Missouri staff in 1996, and in 2009, he assumed responsibilities for the Tiger tight ends for the first time, with his new title being that of receivers coach. Hill has most recently helped develop two 1st Team All-American players in Denario Alexander and Jeremy Maclin.

Outside of work, what is the 1 thing you really enjoy about living in Columbia?

Just the entire college environment and atmosphere…everything seems to revolve around the university. It seems like all of Columbia is happy when the Tigers are winning. The other neat thing about Columbia is that you really experience all four seasons, in terms of the weather. Overall, Columbia is a great family place. We certainly enjoy living here.

What is unique about working with your coordinator, David Yost?

Our offense is a collaborative effort and Coach Yost wants all the input he can get from our position coaches. If you could sit in on our meetings, you would see that we have a really positive atmosphere. Everyone is working together and it helps that we’ve been together for a long time.

Missouri receivers coach Andy Hill

What is something you really like that your head coach implements on the practice field?

Coach Pinkel has used a saying around here for a long time…”A fundamental, a play, everyday.” What he means, is that he’d like for each coach to teach a fundamental between every rep of every practice. It’s important to constantly coach fundamentals. We try to expand much further upon, “Good job.” Coach Pinkel wants it more specific like, “Good job, high pointing the football and bringing it in with your hands.” It’s is important to constantly provide feedback to the players because they don’t always know what we think they know. I learned that philosophy from Coach Pinkel and I think it really helps our player development.

What is something you will harp on during August practice that maybe you haven’t emphasized as much in previous years?

We’ll be a little bit younger this year with our wide outs. Right away, I’m going to want to develop stance & start. We’re going to have to improve our stance, footwork, and concentrate on not wasting effort. One of things I’d like to see our guys do early in August is to avoid dropping their hips at the snap. We really want to tighten up certain stance & start fundamentals.

Is there something that maybe you emphasize more than most receiver coaches?

In our offense at Missouri, every receiver has to know all the receiver positions. You have to know everyone’s responsibility and role for each play. We use the old “fire hose approach” that Gary Barnett formally used. We really give our guys a great deal of information in a short period of time to learn. We’ll install a ton of concepts, formations, and plays in our first 5 practices. After practice number 5, we really slow it down. For us and our players, it works out very well.

How long is your drive to work from your house?

Not very long…it’s only 4 minutes.

During your vacation break this summer, what do you plan to do? Any trips planned?

We have a 13 year old and 4 year old, so we’d like to take them to Florida. There’s a chance we’ll take a trip to Mexico.

What is one place the staff at Missouri likes to eat lunch?

Shakespears has really good pizza. You might also catch us at Booches. Most of the guys on the staff eat pretty regularly at both places.

Everyone has been around a GA that busts his tail. As a full-time coach, who has been the most impressive GA you have ever worked with? Why was he so successful in fulfilling his role?

To be honest, our current offensive grad assistant, Brandon Barnes, is a pleasure to work with. He is a former player that played at the NFL level. He really understands what the players are going through. There’s a lot of trust amongst us. A lot of times, he’ll take one side of formations while I’m concentrating on the other side. Our coaches trust him to let him speak his mind. He has a really good future as a coach.