Hill retired in 2001 after 37 years as a coach and an athletic administrator. During the 37 years, John developed an outstanding reputation for rebuilding high school athletic programs and for hiring and mentoring young coaches.
As a coach, John’s career record was 257 wins, 88 losses, and 3 ties. At the time of his retirement, Hill was the 13th winningest coach in Georgia High School football history. His team competed for the state title in 1985 and appeared in the state semi-finals in 1995 and 1999.
John was named Region Coach of the Year 10 times, Georgia AAA Coach of the Year in 1985, and Georgia-Florida Head Coach in 1999. He was honored by the Atlanta Touchdown Club as a “200 Game Winner” and he is a member of the Cedartown High School Hall of Fame.
As an athletic administrator, John was one of the founding members of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association and was instrumental in helping the organization to grow through the difficult early years. Hill served as the secretary-treasurer of the GADA for 11 years.
During his tenure as athletic director at Cedartown High School, John led the school through a Title IX complaint that led the school into full compliance with all provisions of the Title IX law.
John was named Athletic Director of the Year in 1995, 1999 and 2000. He received the distinction of Certified Athletic Administrator in 1995.