MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State head baseball coach Brad Hill was inducted into the Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 21, at the annual Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues banquet held at the Water’s Edge restaurant in Hesston, Kan. Hill was nominated for the Hall of Fame by his youth coaches.
The Kansas Babe Ruth Hall of Fame is reserved for individuals who display great personal strength, honesty, integrity, tireless devotion, enthusiasm, a love for the game, and put the interest of others first. Hill played in the McPherson Babe Ruth Baseball League from 1975 to 1977 when he was between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. His career in the Babe Ruth League culminated with a state championship in 1977 and a trip to the Midwest Plains 13-15 Regional in Minnesota in which his team finished fourth.
“I am very humbled and honored to be included in the Kansas State Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Hill. “Honors like this are where you reflect on the influences in your life: my dad coaching me in little league, my brother and dad in American Legion, and my Babe Ruth coaches, who voluntarily and passionately coached young kids to play America’s pastime. Hopefully I am influencing some young men and boys the way I was influenced by my dad and these coaches. One of the greatest things in life to witness is a group of young boys playing baseball with excitement, energy and no expectations of success or failure, but just playing ball. I am thankful that at a young age Babe Ruth Baseball allowed me to ‘just play ball’.”
"Brad was a joy to watch play,” said McPherson League coach Kermit Hawley. “You could see his desire to do his best and he showcased his leadership qualities from the get-go. It was an honor to even be in the opposing dugout and watch Brad play. He was by far the best ball player I've seen play Babe Ruth Baseball.”
Hill, a native of Galva, has served as K-State’s head coach since 2004. He has accumulated seven winning seasons over the last 10 years, leading his team to an NCAA Regional four times. In 2013, Hill was named Big 12 Coach of the Year after piloting the Wildcats to a Big 12 championship and the school’s first Super Regional. Hill was also named 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year after taking K-State to its first NCAA Regional in school history.
Hill, 51, graduated from Emporia State and has also served as a coach at Hutchinson Community College (1988-90), Kansas (assistant, 1991-94) and Central Missouri State (1995-2003).
The Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues Hall of Fame is exhibited through a traveling display. The Hall of Fame board is on display during each of the 10 age division state tournaments held throughout Kansas each summer.