Norm Hillner stays in game at Northwestern

Norm Hillner stays in game at Northwestern

Posted by coachbu on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:54
Those who have known Norm Hillner for awhile know he's not the type of guy to retire quietly. So, although Hillner's days of coaching high school soccer and baseball ended in the spring, he's now moving up a level to become the director of operations for the Northwestern men's soccer program. Hillner joins a program that made its sixth NCAA tournament appearance and won Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in 2011. His role will be coordinating team travel and game day operations, assisting in community relations projects and helping with alumni events such as golf and soccer tournaments. “It’s great to have Norm Hillner as a part of the staff here at Northwestern,” said Northwestern coach Tim Lenahan in a release from the school. “He has been a tremendous influence on Chicago area soccer as a high school coach for the last 33 years and I got to know him in his role as the president of the Illinois Soccer High School Soccer Association. The fact that his wife is a Northwestern alum and they have been lifetime Northwestern fans and both football and basketball season ticket holders makes this a great fit. We look forward to him bringing all his experience and community relations skills to help us continue our success at Northwestern.” Hillner taught at Lake Park from 1980-2012 and was the boys head soccer coach for 28 years with a record of 369-211-71. He was inducted into the IHSSCA Hall of Fame in 2007. He also was a head baseball coach at Lake Park and most recently an assistant baseball coach at Buffalo Grove.
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