High School Sports

Ridge View baseball coach steps down

Tommy Hill is stepping aside as Ridge View High’s baseball coach, turning the program over to assistant Robbie Hardy.

Hill said Tuesday he will remain at the school as an administrator.

Hill compiled a 54-48 record in four seasons as the Blazers head coach. Ridge View won at least a share of the region championship in each of the last two seasons and was 16-10 this spring.

Considering that Hill took over Ridge View’s program when Blythewood High opened and drew a large number of players away from Ridge View, Blazers athletics director David Gordon said Hill’s accomplishments were solid.

"Tommy Hill came along as head coach at a time when we were facing the transition of Blythewood High opening," Gordon said. "We lost a lot of baseball players. He had to rebuild the program and has done a great job."

Hill said he’ll use his extra time to watch his own sons play. His oldest son, Matthew, plays baseball at Presbyterian College, where he’ll be a senior next season. Hill’s youngest son, Austin, just completed his freshman season at Spring Valley High.

Hill said he’s glad that Hardy has agreed to step into his old job.

"Robbie has been terrific for me," Hill said. "It’s nice when you can turn things over to someone and not worry about it."

This will be the first head-coaching position for Hardy, a Spring Valley graduate.

"The great thing is having Robbie step in," Gordon said. "Robbie has been an integral part of building that program back up. He’s been loyal. He’s waited patiently. That’s one of the easier transitions we’ll make. We’ll be in good hands."