Minneapolis basketball coach accused of firing gun at player's dad

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 20, 2011 - 6:40 AM

The shot, which missed, followed a shoving match.

An argument at the Midtown YWCA between a girls' basketball coach and the parent of a player spilled outside and ended with the coach firing a gun at the parent, according to a criminal complaint.

No one was injured in the confrontation at 2121 E. Lake St. last month, but the coach, Paul H. Hill, 45, of the 2600 block of 18th Av. S., was charged Oct. 6 with second-degree assault and has been banned from all YWCA facilities.

Hill is the father of Tayler Hill, a Minneapolis South graduate and all-time leading scorer in Minnesota girls' basketball history. She now is a junior at Ohio State.

The victim told police that he and Paul Hill got into an argument in the Y on the evening of Sept. 29; it escalated into a shoving match before Hill became enraged and shouted "I've got something for you!" several times, according to a search warrant filed by the Minneapolis police. He then went to his wife, who was standing nearby, took her car keys and left the building. The victim could see Hill drive away, according to court documents.

Ten minutes later, at 6:22 p.m., the victim stood on a walkway near the YWCA when Hill's vehicle pulled up next to him and stopped. The vehicle's front passenger window was down. Witnesses told police they saw Hill fire a handgun at the parent from about 20 feet away, missing him, before driving off, according to the criminal complaint.

Police officers soon arrived at the YWCA and interviewed Hill's wife. She said her husband owns a handgun. He does not have a permit to carry a handgun, according to the search warrant. He has no prior criminal record.

Hill turned himself in Oct. 5, was held in jail for five days and released. He could not be reached for comment.

A spokeswoman for the YWCA of Minneapolis said the organization has banned Hill from all of its facilities.

"We're aware of the gun being shot on the 29th," said spokeswoman Ellen Cleary. "Our staff were the ones who called the Minneapolis police." Cleary said Hill is not an employee or member of the YWCA.

Hill is well known in youth basketball circles, particularly in south Minneapolis. A 1985 graduate of South High, Hill and his wife live near the school.

"He's probably more well known for being the father of Tayler Hill," said Dave Preller, one of the leaders of the state's AAU girls' basketball program. Preller said Hill has coached a number of AAU teams over the years, including a top-ranked AAU team of 2009, the NC Heat, for which his daughter played.

Matt McKinney • 612-217-1747

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