Hill’s hire ‘rocks’ football news

Former Nittany Lion standout Jordan Hill Photo by Mark Selders

Steelton’s Jordan Hill is the new head football coach at Trinity High School. Photo provided by Penn State University Athletics

Standout defensive tackle Jordan Hill — whose football career started at Steelton-Highspire High School, continued at Penn State, and ended in the NFL — last week was named new football coach at Trinity High School in Camp Hill.

Trinity and head coach Todd Ryan parted ways in January. The Shamrocks were 0-7 in 2020 and 6-21 over the past three years. While Hill brings an impressive football resume to his one-time opponent, Trinity athletic director Gary Bricker says the hire was easy. “I’ll start by saying that the references and people that talked to me [about Hill] talked more about the person than about football — not to take away from his football expertise.

“I’ve never seen a head coaching hire get as much hype about a person who has never been a head coach before. A lot of that is because of what people think about him in this area,” Bricker said, adding that while the incoming freshman class at Trinity is already one of the largest in years, adding Hill to the coaching staff won’t hurt either. 

Although Hill is busy with a day job working as a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual in Mechanicsburg, and serving as the chief community officer for The Bridge, which is developing the former Bishop McDevitt High School on Market Street in Harrisburg into a mixed-use eco-village, he says that coaching high school was his top dream after playing in the NFL (primarily with the Seattle Seahawks), adding that the Trinity job is “an intriguing opportunity. 

“I’m just really ready to get back into football and get to work,” Hill said. “This is something where I have a lot of responsibility and a lot of stuff lies on my lap. I want to be a person that’s helping kids.”

Harrisburg Magazine will feature more on Hill and The Bridge in an upcoming issue. Stay tuned.