According to college basketball writer Jeff Goodman, UTRGV men’s basketball head coach Lew Hill passed away in his sleep early Sunday morning.
Hill was 55 and in his fifth season as the head coach at UTRGV. According to the tweet, Hill had a bout with COVID and was set to step aside for the rest of the season.
Lew Hill was in his 5th season as head coach at UTRGV.
Terrific guy who came to UTRGV after a stint as Lon Kruger’s assistant at OU.
Recently battled COVID, according to multiple sources, and was set to step aside for rest of the season. Also had other previous medical issues https://t.co/oaumQeUky4
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 7, 2021
The Vaqueros were coming off a 77-75 loss at Texas Southern on Saturday night. UTRGV is 8-4 overall and 2-0 in WAC play. Hill took over at UTRGV prior to the 2016-17. In his first season in Edinburg, the Vaqueros won 10 games. During his second season, the Vaqueros increased their total wins by five. And in his third season, the Vaqueros won 20 games. 2019-20 got off to a sluggish start and UTRGV only won 14 games. However, the Vaqueros won eight of their final 10 games of the 2019-20 season.
— Brian Burton (@CoachBurton13) February 7, 2021
Just extremely sad news on this Sunday afternoon.
Reactions from Around the Country & WAC
Shocked by the news and passing of @GoUTRGV basketball head coach Lew Hill. Just talked with coach last week on the Road To #WACvegas, hard to believe he’s gone. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family and the entire UTRGV family 🙏
— Rachel Vigil (@rachel_vigil_) February 7, 2021
I’m very saddened with the news of Coach Lew Hill’s passing. He was a good man and a heckuva Coach. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lew’s family, and the @GoUTRGV team. I can’t believe it.
— Chris Jans (@coachchrisjans) February 7, 2021
Today we join our #WACmbb family and all of College Basketball in mourning the passing of @GoUTRGV Head Coach Lew Hill. We send our sincere condolences and prayers to Coach Hill's family, friends and the @UTRGVmbb program. RIP Coach Hill. #DixieBlazers #RallyTheValley pic.twitter.com/jRuC40oJTt
— Dixie State Basketball (@DIXIESTATEBBALL) February 8, 2021
Devestating news with the passing of Lew Hill, Head Coach at UTRGV. Terrific coach, competitor, mentor and impacted so many lives for the better. God Bless his loved ones.
— Billy Donlon (@CoachDonlon) February 7, 2021
RIP Lew Hill. A shocker and a sad, sad day for the college basketball community. I pray this helps put things in perspective for some. Stay safe! We lost a great member of our CBB family. Just, wow…
— Brandon Dunson (@BMDunson) February 7, 2021
Really can’t believe the news about Sweet Lew Hill. One of the best dudes I’ve ever come in contact with. The Lord doesn’t make mistakes and his grace is sufficient. May he guide the hearts and minds of his family and his program. #RestInHeavenLew 🙏🏾
— Mike Boynton (@thacoachmike) February 8, 2021
Just heard the terrible news regarding the passing of Lew Hill. I really thought the world of Lew, always a great guy and terrific coach. Thoughts and Prayers to his family and loved ones.
— Arch Miller (@Archie_Miller) February 8, 2021