Over the past 29 years, Rosemary Holloway-Hill has become a staple on the Monroe bayou. The dean of ULM coaches has racked up over 700 wins in her prolific career, more than any other coach in the university's history. Hill's 724 wins rank in the top 50 of all time in the NCAA and 32nd among active Division I coaches. The Warhawk program has flourished under her guidance, as it was slotted as the No. 43 best softball program of all time in a 2004 ranking by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
During Coach Holloway-Hill's tenure, the Warhawks have recorded the program's first winning season, conference championship, All-American and NCAA Tournament appearance. The veteran head coach has racked up numerous coaching awards in her time at ULM, including Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Louisiana Coach of the Year and South Region Coach of the Year.
The 2012 edition of the Warhawks notched the school's second highest win total since moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2007. ULM posted a record of 25-26, including a thrilling 4-2 victory over No.5 UL-Lafayette. The win at UL-Lafayette broke the Ragin' Cajuns 39 game home winning streak, as well as UL-Lafayette's NCAA record-setting run of 23 consecutive wins as a freshman pitcher.
The 2010 campaign was marked by a spectacular run to the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game after finishing 6th in the regular season standings. ULM entered the post season on a seven game losing streak, but Holloway-Hill steadied the team as they headed into the postseason. The veteran coach led her team to an upset win over the second seeded FIU Panthers in the first round. The Warhawks then defeated No. 8 Middle Tennessee in the semi-finals before losing to nationally ranked UL-Lafayette in the Championship Game.
The best team in ULM history was Holloway-Hill's 1997 squad. Led by All-American pitcher Sarah Dawson, the team won the Southland Conference championship, posted a 47-12 record, reached the No.18 ranking in the national poll, and reached the NCAA tournament before being defeated by eventual national runner-up UCLA. Holloway-Hill received national recognition following the season. The accolades she received included Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Louisiana Coach of the Year, and South Region Coach of the Year.
In addition to producing talented and winning teams on the diamond, Holloway-Hill has stressed that her student athletes enjoy a balanced collegiate experience. Community service and academics have been fundamental values within the Warhawk's softball program, and staples during Holloway-Hill's tenure. In her 28 years at the program's helm, it has seen 25 players named as National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athletes. The Warhakwks landed in the to-50 in the nation in cumulative GPA in 2010 and 2011. The team's 3.279 GPA in 2011 ranked second in the Sun Belt and was tops in the state of Louisiana.
ULM has been just as successful on the diamond under Holloway-Hill. In addition to having the most wins in ULM history, her 238 victories from the program's days in the Southland Conference were the most by any school in that league. She led two ULM teams to Southland Tournament Championships in 1985 and 1986.
Holloway-Hill came to Monroe in 1984 as an assistant coach to Mary Jo Murray before becoming the program's fifth head coach the following season.
In addition to coaching at ULM, Holloway-Hill has coached Athletes in Action (AIA) teams. She was an assistant on a 1986 AIA team that toured Western Europe and was head coach of a 1987 team that toured South America. In 1990, she traveled to Spain as head coach of an AIA team and conducted clinics in Barcelona.
A native of Skiatook, Okla., Holloway-Hill was a star athlete at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior Collge, becoming the first woman to letter in four sports at the school- basketball, volleyball, tennis and cross country. While at the school, she lettered on the men's cross country team.
Coach Holloway-Hill earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at Oral Roberts in 1977. She was also a member of the first USA korfball (a Dutch form of basketball) team and conducted clinics and tournaments in Holland her senior year at ORU.
In addition to being the head softball head coach, Holloway-Hill also coached volleyball during the beginning of her ULM career from 1984-93. Her 159 career victories is the most for any coach in the program's history, and was on the bench for all five of the winning seasons in its' history.
Holloway-Hill belongs to First United Methodist Church of Monroe, and is an active participant in activities there. In the summer of 2005, she married Ron Hill.
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