Former OC standout Hilton named as women’s soccer assistant coach

Former OC men's soccer standout Neil Hilton has been named as an assistant coach for the university's women's program.
Former OC men's soccer standout Neil Hilton has been named as an assistant coach for the university's women's program.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 19, 2012) – Neil Hilton, a former all-conference player for Oklahoma Christian’s men’s soccer team, has been named as an assistant coach for OC’s women’s soccer program, head coach Randall Robison said Monday.

Hilton, who spent this past season as a student assistant for OC’s men’s soccer head coach David Scott, will assume his new duties with the women’s team immediately, Robison said.

“I've watched Neil as a player and recently as a coach during his time at Oklahoma Christian,” Robison said. “He has one of the best work ethics I've ever seen in an athlete. His enthusiasm for knowledge of the game will certainly be a big part of our success moving forward. I am very excited to have Neil working alongside me and coach Jeff Whitaker.”

Hilton, a sports management major as an OC student, enjoyed a stellar four-year playing career with the Eagles, during which he twice earned All-Sooner Athletic Conference second-team honors as a midfielder. The Liverpool, England, native tied a single-season school record with 11 assists in 2011 and added six goals, helping the Eagles post an 8-6-4 mark and reach the SAC tournament.

The four-year starter finished his OC career with 20 goals and 25 assists.

The past three years, Hilton also has been an assistant coach at Yukon High School – one year with the boys team under head coach Drew Price and the last two years with the Millers’ girls team under head coach Matt Cook.

“Coaching is a dream job for me,” Hilton said. “There’s nothing more I love in the world than soccer. I have grown up all my life in a city where one thing in life matters and that’s 'football.' Over my four years here at OC, I have become really interested in the soccer programs and have developed a love for doing what I can to help at OC.

“I am thankful to coach Scott, who gave me the experience as an assistant coach for the men’s team last season. He is a very good role model as a coach and person and I learned a huge amount from him. Hopefully I can bring an energy and passion for the game that our women will respect and will want to play for. I have no doubt they will.”

Hilton will replace Meagan Anderson on Robison’s staff. Anderson, a former women’s standout at OC, was named in August as the head girls soccer coach at Edmond North High School.