Wolf Pack's season opener is Saturday at newly renovated Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
A West Coast native, Darren Hiller is in his first year at Nevada and will oversee the offensive line for the Wolf Pack.
With more than 17 years of experience as an offensive line coach, Hiller will be in charge of one of the most vital pieces of the Pistol offense in coaching "The Union," as the offensive front at Nevada has been called for nearly three decades.
He enters his first season with a wealth of top-notch experience on the front, led by the duo of Chris Barker and Jeff Nady, one of the top guard-tackle duos on the West Coast. Throw in an emerging star in junior Joel Bitonio, the other tackle, and Hiller has the backbone of another strong front for Nevada.
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.
Hiller is originally from Fremont, Calif., and began his collegiate playing career at Chabot College in the Bay Area. He went on to West Texas A&M, where he was a team captain. He began his coaching career at West Texas A&M, as a student assistant (1994) and then as the school's offensive line coach from 1995-98.
Hiller spent two seasons at Arkansas-Monticello before moving on to one season at Northwestern State University. Then began his highly successful run at Arkansas State, where 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.
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 went on to 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.
The File on Darren Hiller
Born: Feb. 8, 1972
Hometown: Fremont, Calif.
Family: Wife - Tracie, Daughters - Hailey and Aubrey, Son - Colton
Bachelor's, West Texas A&M, 1995
2012-: Offensive Line, Nevada
2002-11: Offensive Line, Arkansas State
2001: Offensive Line, Northwestern State
1999-2000: Offensive Line, Arkansas-Monticello
1995-98: Offensive Line, West Texas A&M
1994: Student Assistant Coach, West Texas A&M
West Texas A&M: Starter on offensive line and team captain (1992-93)
Chabot College: Starter on offensive line (1990-91)
Recruiting Areas: Northern California; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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