Entering his second season at the helm of the Pitt men’s soccer team, head coach Jay Vidovich announced Monday afternoon the addition of Clemson graduate transfer Mauriq Hill to the 2017 roster.
Hill will be eligible immediately as a redshirt senior in his final season of eligibility — and is expected to be an impact player for the Pitt program looking to improve in Vidovich’s second year.
“Mauriq brings experience to the program in two different ways,” Vidovich said. “One is having an experience similar to Pitt. He went to Clemson as a freshman when they were at the bottom of the ACC and they reached new heights while he was there.”
“Clemson made trips to the Final Four and won an ACC Championship. He has that type of experience and he knows what needs to be done in the locker room. He also has experience playing and winning in the ACC. He’s a more than capable player that has played valuable minutes and moments for Clemson. We expect him to bring that same type of experience and mentality to us at Pitt.”
A native of Hamilton Parish, Bermuda, Hill was a defender for ACC foe and powerhouse Tigers. After redshirting his freshmen season in 2013, Hill was a part of the Clemson team that captured the ACC Championship in 2014. Hill saw action in 25 total matches for the Tigers, logging 1,086 minutes and netted two goals in his final season. Clemson reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA College Cup a year ago and fell to Stanford in the final in 2015.
“I am very excited for this opportunity and new challenge,” said Hill. “I can’t wait to get to work with the coaching staff and the team this fall.”
Prior to his journey at Clemson, Hill had a prolific prep school and youth background. He was a standout defender for Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., where he was a part of the No. 1 nationally ranked Eagles under the guidance of head coach Mike Potempa. In his final season at Montverde, Hill helped guide the Eagles to the national championship in 2012-13.
An Elite Soccer Report All-American, Hill’s career started to take off at the age of 14 when he began playing for the Bermudian U17 National Team where he became a consistent starter.
Hill received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Clemson and intends on pursing his master’s in business and administration at the University of Pittsburgh.
Pitt opens the 2017 season with a trip to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Buckeyes Friday, Aug. 25, followed by James Madison, Sunday, Aug. 27. The Panthers home opener is set for Friday, Sept. 1, when Longwood comes to Pittsburgh.