The UC football team defeated Toledo, 58-34, on Friday, Sept. 12, at Paul Brown Stadium (Lisa Ventre/UC).
Darren Hiller joined the University of Cincinnati football coaching staff in January of 2013 and will mentor the offensive line.
Hiller is in his 20th season of coaching and came to UC after a year at Nevada in the same position.
In his lone season with the Wolfpack, coaching "The Union," as the offensive front at Nevada has been called for nearly three decades, the team rushed for an average of 271 yards per game, which ranked seventh in the NCAA FBS while allowing only 18 sacks. Offensive tackle Jeff Nady was a First-Team All-Mountain West Conference honoree while Joel Bitonio was an honorable-mention all-league selection.
Hiller came to Nevada after a successful decade-long run at Arkansas State. While in Jonesboro, Hiller and the Red Wolves racked up a pair of conference championships, including a 10-2 record in 2011 and an appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. He coached 16 All-Sun Belt Conference players, including an NFL Draft selection and five NFL free agents.
In 2010, Hiller saw three ASU offensive lineman were named All-Sun Belt Conference, including first team selection Derek Newton and second team choices Tom Castilaw and Sifa Etu. The Red Wolves' o-line paved the way for a school-record 4,841 yards of total offense that also ranked 40th in the nation.
In 2008, the offensive line helped lead ASU to the nation's 18th best rushing attack and a then school record for total offense. ASU also finished the 2008 season ranked 39th in the nation. Under Hiller's direction, the offensive line paved the way for ASU's 2007 running game that finished ranked 29th in the country.
Prior to joining ASU, Hiller spent two seasons at Arkansas-Monticello before moving on to one season at Northwestern State University. While at UAM, Hiller helped the team finish in the top five in Division II in total offense and scoring offense. During that time, UAM also broke 30 offensive school records.
A two-year starter at offensive guard at West Texas A&M (previously West Texas State), he also coached there from 1994-98 and helped his teams to national rankings in Division II and led that division in several offensive categories.
He started his collegiate career at Chabot Junior College in Hayward, Calif., where he received all-conference honors at offensive guard. A team captain, he was also a member of the GTE Academic All-America team. While at Chabot, his team played in the 1991 Merced Elks Bowl against Palomar Junior College for the national championship.
Born in Fremont, Calif., Hiller attended Washington High School where he played offensive guard and inside linebacker. A team captain, he received all-league honors.
He is married to the former Tracie Lenhart of Lubbock, Texas, and they have two daughters, Hailey and Aubrey, and one son, Colton.