GLEN ROSE – 35 years is a long time for any one person to doing any one thing at a high level. So after 35 years of coaching, Glen Rose Head Coach Sheree Hill has decided to hang up the whistle, retire the clipboard and ride off into the Chalk Mountain sunset.
Prior to joining the Lady Tiger coaching staff in 2006, Hill was a teacher and coach at Bridge City High School for 13 years, Early for seven years, Burnet and Midland Lee for two and short stint at Eden High School.
It was those first 13 years that stands out just a little more than the rest.
“The 13 years at Bridge City when I first started coaching were fabulous and I just thought it was the greatest place in the world for someone to start a career,” said Hill on Wednesday while at a UIL meet. “Good people, good kids and maybe my views are a little different because I was younger, but it was a fabulous place to work and kind of set the tone for my career.”
Much like former Tiger football Head Coach Tommy Dunn, who announced his retirement in the fall, this season was a rollercoaster ride alongside a young, inexperienced team.
Despite the up and down season, Hill remained positive throughout. She thoughtfully answered questions about her team’s performance after each and every game and it was clear through her talks that she cared for each Lady Tiger on the court. She always referenced “I” when accepting the blame and “we” or “they” when quickly passing any praise.
What could be considered arguably the biggest win of the season came Jan. 22 on a last-second Jaylan Evans bucket in front of the Lady Tiger faithful.
“It was fun, and you could tell the kids were having fun, too,” said Hill after a post-game talk with her team and while grinning from ear to ear. “We came out in the first quarter relaxed and shooting well, and that kind of sets a tone. We haven’t had that a lot this year.
“I could not be prouder of them.”
The 52-51 win over Millsap with 6.8 seconds to play is certainly one to be deposited in the front of the memory bank.
"Coach Hill has done a tremendous job in her role as head girls basketball coach at Glen Rose High School,” Glen Rose Superintendent G. Wayne Rotan said. “She is an outstanding person as well as a role model and mentor for players and coaches."
Rotan also thanked her for her service to the students in Glen Rose ISD.
Hill has served as the head coach for the Lady Tiger basketball team since her arrival in 2006.
During her decade leading the Lady Tigers on the court, Hill guided her teams to a District Championship (2014), an Area Finals berth (2014), five Bi-District appearances (2007, 2010-14) and made three trips to the Area round of the playoffs (2007, 2012-14).
In addition to basketball, Hill has coached cross-country, track and served as a mentor to several other teams and individuals to regional and state competitions.
Hill played a vital role leading the Lady Tiger cross-country team to a sixth place finish in the Region II Championship - the highest ever finish during her tenure. She also helped freshman Laura Ogletree reach her potential and the State Championship meet this season.
“It feels like it has gone by in zip-a-dee-doo-dah, it’s amazing,” Hill said, “but I guess that means I enjoyed it. When you’re coaching, you are tied up with everyone else’s families and not your own, so I am looking forward to some real quality family time, spending time with friends and just a little me time. I’ll have a little less of a rigid schedule and may be able to sleep a little more instead of when the alarm goes off. But my brother and I own a ranch and there is always something to do there, so I’ll be able to pitch in and help with that, too.”
“I was always a teacher first and I think that is the way it should be. I have worked with some outstanding kids during my career and made some fabulous friends,” Hill continued. “I just hope that I made a difference in someone’s life. I don’t have any regrets.”
Hill said she is also looking forward to spending a little more quality time with her 86-year-old mother and plans to begin to pen her own novel that will tell the family’s history through her mother’s eyes.
Don’t worry kiddos, the coach hasn’t forgotten about you. Hill also said she plans to write a children’s book at some point during her newfound free time. Now if only there was an editor somewhere nearby.
A press release issued by Glen Rose ISD states the district will begin advertising the vacant position immediately and expects to name a replacement by the end of April.
Editor’s note: On behalf of the Reporter, I would like to personally congratulate coach Hill on an outstanding career and wish her the best on the ranch and on the typewriter – or whatever it is retired folks use these days. Thank you for all of your help this year and in years past, Coach!