ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Thursday named Renaldo Hill as their defensive backs coach, Head Coach Vic Fangio announced.
Hill is a six-year coaching veteran who spent the 2018 season as the assistant defensive backs coach with Miami. He also coached for five seasons at the collegiate level with the University of Wyoming (2012-13) and the University of Pittsburgh (2015-17) following a 10-year playing career as an NFL safety with Arizona (2001-04), Oakland (2005), Miami (2006-08) and Denver (2009-10).
In 2018, the Dolphins’ defense ranked second in the NFL in interceptions (21-321 yds.) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (3). Miami also recorded five takeaways in the red zone to rank third in the NFL. Miami’s secondary was led by Pro Bowl cornerback XavienHoward, who tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions (52 yds.) in addition to posting 12 passes defensed.
Hill developed three defensive backs into NFL players (Avonte Maddox, Lafayette Pitts & Jordan Whitehead) during his three seasons (2015-17) at the University Pittsburgh. The Panthers won 16 combined games from 2015-16 highlighted by a 43-42 road win against No. 3 Clemson University—the eventual National Champions—in which Pittsburgh recorded three interceptions against quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Hill began his coaching career at Wyoming (2012-13), where he served as a graduate assistant in 2012 before being promoted to cornerbacks coach in 2013. During his time with the Cowboys, Hill worked with safety Marqueston Huff, who became a fourth-round pick (122nd overall) by Tennessee in the 2014 NFL Draft.
During his 10 NFL seasons, Hill started 114-of-141 games played, recording 589 tackles (470 solo), 6.5 sacks (36.5 yds.), 19 interceptions (301 yds.) and 61 passes defensed. He spent the final two seasons of his career with the Broncos (2009-10), starting all 31 games played and contributing 122 tackles (978), two sacks (8 yds.), four interceptions (85 yds.) and 10 passes defensed.
Selected by Arizona in the seventh round (202nd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft, Hill was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection as a senior at Michigan State University. A native of Detroit, he was born on Nov. 12, 1978.
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