Doug Hill, Head Coach
Doug Hill enters his 10th season as head coach at Air Force in 2016. Hill, who spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach at Air Force before being promoted to head coach in June of 2007, took the Falcons to heights during the 2012 season the program had not seen in nearly 15 years.
A 1983 graduate of the Academy, Hill guided his team to a spectacular run through the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships and AFA’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1997. Air Force finished the season with a 10-9-4 record, including three straight wins at the MPSF Championships for the school’s first conference championship in program history. For his efforts, Hill was named the MPSF’s Coach of the Year for 2012.
The Falcons, who lost to the University of Washington 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, defeated nationally-ranked New Mexico three times during the season (although a 5-3 shootout advantage in the MPSF championship game is technically considered a tie) and senior midfielder Kevin Durr was named the MVP of the MPSF Championships. Hill, who enters the 2016 campaign with a 64-87-19 career record, also guided the class of 2013 to the most victories by a class (36) since the class of `04 (37).
Last season, Hill guided the Falcons to a 7-9-1 record and a 4-5-1 mark in Western Athletic Conference play. In his nine seasons at the helm, Hill has coached 28 Falcons to all-conference honors, including one last season.
Hill, who holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” license, was a four-year varsity letterman at Air Force and played for his predecessor, Lou Sagastume. He was team captain both his junior and senior seasons. In all four years, Hill helped the Falcons win the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League championship. After graduation, he remained at the Academy as the assistant soccer coach and a physical education instructor for one year.
Hill left the Academy in 1984 for Dyess AFB, Texas, where he was an instructor navigator in the C-130 aircraft. In addition, he assisted and filled in as the interim head soccer coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Hardin-Simmons University (Texas) from 1986-1988. In 1988, he led the women’s team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship game and finished second in the nation. He also played on the all-Air Force soccer team in 1985 and 1987 and coached the 1986 team.
After eight years away from the Academy, Hill returned as an assistant coach in 1992 and helped guide the Falcons to consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in `92 and `93. In 1993, the Falcons advanced to the Final Eight after beating undefeated and No. 1-ranked Creighton, 2-1, in four overtimes on the road in the first round. The 1996 team advanced to the WAC championships after going 14-3-3 during the regular season, while the 1997 squad earned a trip to the NCAA Tourney.
Hill moved on to McChord AFB, Wash., in 1997, holding positions of Director, Wing Weapons and Tactics for the 62nd Airlift Wing and Operations Officer for the 4th Airlift Squadron, a C-141 unit. He guided the all-Air Force soccer team as a player-coach in 1999 and 2000, winning the Armed Forces championship both years. He also coached the all-Armed Services team in 1999 and 2000.
In 2001, Hill returned to the sidelines at his alma mater. He was an assistant coach from 2001-05 before earning a promotion to associate head coach for the 2006 campaign. During that tenure at AFA, the Falcons were ranked as high as 19th in the country during the 2001 campaign and he helped Marcus Sagastume earn MPSF Co-Player of the Year honors in `03.
Hill, who has over 2,800 flying hours to his credit, holds a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Northern Colorado and retired from the Air Force in April of 2006 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
The Fleetwood, Penn., native currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Kathy, and their two sons, Luke and Greg.
Chris Foster, Assistant Coach
Chris Foster enters his 11th season as a member of the coaching staff and sixth as a full-time assistant coach in 2016. Foster, who recently retired from the Air Force, is a 1989 graduate of the Academy with a degree in engineering mechanics. He also earned an MBA and a master of military operational arts and science; was a distinguished graduate of both Squadron Officers School and the Air Command and Staff College; and is a graduate of Air War College.
A four-year starter for Air Force, Foster is No. 2 on AFA’s career list for points (139) and goals (54) and the program’s career assist leader (31). He was a four-time all-conference selection, three-time all-region selection, earned All-America honors in 1988, and represented the West in the College Senior Bowl. At graduation, he was the first soccer player to receive the USAFA Male Athlete of the Year award. He was a member of the 1989 University Games Team, played on the U.S. National “B” Team (1988-90) and represented the United States on the Senior Division National Team.
Following graduation, Foster was stationed at the Academy as an instructor and assistant soccer coach and played professionally for the Colorado Foxes in the APSL’s inaugural season. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Ariz., where he was awarded the Daedalian Trophy for flying excellence, and was stationed at Holloman AFB, N.M., where he played for the New Mexico Chiles in the USISL.
Foster has been stationed at Bitburg and Spangdahlem AB, Germany; Tyndall and Eglin AFB, Fla.; RAF Valley, Wales; Langley AFB, Va., and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He is a command pilot with over 1,500 hours in the F-15C, including over 250 combat hours. Prior to his retirement, he was the 306 FTG Liaison to the Academy and an instructor pilot at the Academy airfield.
Foster is the father of two children, Christopher and Kylie.
Kevin Doyle, Assistant Coach
Kevin Doyle enters his fifth season with the Falcons in 2016. Doyle joined the Academy staff after spending three years as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
Prior to coaching at Virginia Tech, Doyle was the top assistant at Creighton University from 2001-2006, overseeing the recruiting process along with training goalkeepers and the team defense. The Creighton goalkeeping corps and defense ranked in the national top-25 in goals against average in two of his final three years with the program. During his stint with the Blue Jays, the team made the NCAA tournament each year, including three quarterfinals and a place in the 2002 College Cup.
Before joining the Creighton staff, Doyle spent time at Penn State as a top assistant from 1999-2000. He helped guide the Nittany Lions to a 13-6-2 mark and a second-place finish in the Big Ten Tournament in 2000. That year, Penn State also advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. He also was an assistant coach at William & Mary (1997-1998) and Mercer (1995-1996).
Doyle received his NSCAA Advanced Diploma in June 1998 and also holds a USSF “A” license. He has been a part of the USSF Youth National Team Program and has coached at the state and regional level of the Olympic Development Program.
As a college player at Creighton, Doyle started three years in net for the Blue Jays before his career was cut short by a knee injury. In 1992, he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and also garnered first-team All-MVC and All-Midwest honors. He led the 1992 Blue Jays to a 16-2-1 mark and a No. 1 national ranking as a junior. He ranks among the school leaders in 12 categories.
Originally from Katy, Texas, Doyle earned his bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communications from Bowling Green State University in 1996.
Doyle and his wife, Katie, have two children, Lucy and Liam.