QUINCY -- Tim Hill's return to Quincy comes with a detour.
He's stopping off in Hawaii first.
The 2016 Quincy University graduate is taking over as the girls volleyball coach at Quincy High School, a move athletic director Scott Douglas announced this week. Hill's appointment is pending school board approval.
Before he begins summer workouts with the Blue Devils, Hill had a trip to Hawaii planned. So a little fun in the sun will be had before he gets to work carrying on Quincy's tradition of success.
"They've always had a pretty storied program," Hill said. "When I was in school there, I would always hear pretty good things about their program. So when I started looking to move back up there and coach, that was one of the places I really wanted to look at."
Hill played volleyball for four years at QU and has been coaching in Florida ever since.
"I knew I always I wanted to come back there," Hill said.
Hill served as an assistant with both the boys and girls programs at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., helping the boys program win a state championship in 2018 and reach the state final four in 2017. The girls program reached the final four in 2019.
He also served as assistant club director for the Ocean Bay Volleyball Club, which entailed coaching multiple age groups as well as creating individual development programs for players.
"I really enjoy coaching high school because I get to see the players every day," Hill said. "It's not, ‘Oh, I get to see you twice a week for an hour.' Seeing the girls every day for two hours I can really teach technique over and over until they get it and have more one-on-one time with somebody because I get to see them five times per week."
Hill replaces Tiffaney Rains-Eaton, who resigned in early May in order to balance her time and family priorities. The Blue Devils went 15-20 last fall, finishing second behind Moline in the Western Big Six Conference.
They will return first-team all-area outside hitter Alexis Wolf and honorable mention All-WB6 setter De'Onna Douglas.
"The biggest challenge is going to be getting the girls to buy into a program," Hill said. "They have had three different coaches in the last four years. So they haven't had a really consistent basis of how things are going. So it's a matter of driving in and developing the level of trust between us of this is how I want things done and making sure it's the right way to do things for them."
Scott Douglas believes it will be a good fit.
"His ability to connect with young people makes him an outstanding choice to guide this program," Douglas said.