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Andrew "Jai" Hill

Football ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

Andrew "Jai" Hill's career in football is most noteworthy, but longtime followers of the local sports scene can recall Jai being a great all-around player while at New Brighton High School.

The 1988 Lion grad was first team All-Conference on both offense and defense on the gridiron as a senior, and followed that with All-Section honors on the hardwood. In track, Jai led the team in scoring as both a junior and senior. Overall, he won nine scholastic letters.

As good as those seasons were, though, Jai exceeded them as a wide receiver at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He had an extraordinary career.

When it was all said and done, Jai set numerous records at IUP. He is still the college's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. His 214 career catches and 4073 receiving yards are Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference records, as well.

His honors include being a three-time PSAC first team selection, three-time All-ECAC first team, Kodak All-American, AP All-American, and Football Gazette All-American. For the coup de grace, Jai was named a finalist (one of five) for the Harlon Hill Award, which is for best player in all of Division II, after his dynamic junior season, when he scored 20 touchdowns as a receiver.

Jai holds the three best season receiving yardage marks in IUP history. He was twice named the team's Most Valuable Player, and received the Thomas E Westhoff Memorial Award as the Most Outstanding Offensive Player. His teams played in the Division II national playoffs all four years, and were ranked number one in the nation after the regular season when he was a senior. As a junior, Jai and the Crimson Hawks reached the national championship game.

After graduation, Jai went on to play one year in the Canadian Football League with Saskatchewan, and then played eight years in Arena Ball. At the conclusion of his AFL career, he was tied for first all-time in touchdown receptions.

Jai has also coached at the college level for five years, with IUP, Widener, and Geneva. Today, Jai, father of Alliyah, Chanse, and Jai Jr, resides in Cranberry Township. He is an educational speaker and is connected with the National Collegiate Scouting Association. The NCSA is an athletic recruiting network that connects qualified student athletes and their parents, high school coaches, college coaches, and professional communities. He is also a case coordinator with the Mercy Behavioral Health System.
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