A decade after playing safety for the Dolphins, Renaldo Hill is back with the organization as assistant defensive backs coach.
The team announced Hill’s hiring today, the latest in a series of staff moves by head coach Adam Gase, and this is his first NFL coaching job. He began coaching as a graduate assistant at Wyoming in 2012 and was the University of Pittsburgh’s secondary coach the last three seasons.
Hill will coach under defensive backs coach Tony Oden, who was hired to replace Lou Anarumo last month.
Hill, 39, had a 10-year NFL career as a player after breaking into the league with Arizona as a seventh-round pick in 2001. He started 38 games at safety for the Dolphins from 2006 through ’08 and posted 195 tackles, six interceptions and a forced fumble. He also played for the Raiders and Broncos.
As a coach, Hill mentored two all-ACC defensive backs at Pittsburgh in Jordan Whitehead and Avonte Maddox. Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi praised him as “a vitally important member” of his staff.
“He was so important in helping us build a strong foundation for the program, and for that I’m eternally grateful,” Narduzzi posted on Twitter. “Coaching in the NFL has been Renaldo’s aspiration, and we are thrilled he is getting this opportunity with the Dolphins.”
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