Andy Hill is a motivational speaker, executive coach, and author who offers a values-based framework for life success and happiness that he learned as a student and player for the late UCLA Basketball Coach, John Wooden. Since 2000, Andy has been inspiring audiences and organizations with his practical lessons for achieving success. During an informative and inspiring presentation, Andy connects emotionally with his audiences by skillfully blending Coach Wooden’s lessons and techniques with a common sense approach to business that everyone can focus on to make themselves better people and to enhance the performance of their firms.
After graduating from UCLA with a Master’s Degree in Education and a B.A. in Psychology, Andy began his in entertainment career as an accomplished movie and television producer at Columbia Pictures Television. From 1991 through 1996, he was the president of CBS Productions where he led the development and production of programming owned by the network. While at CBS, he oversaw some of the most acclaimed and successful primetime shows of the decade including Touched By An Angel, Caroline In The City, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Walker, Texas Ranger, Dave’s World, and Rescue 911. Following his tenure at the network, Hill served as President of Programming for Channel One News, where he produced award-winning series and online content for an audience of eight million teens.
After 25 years had passed since he last saw Wooden, Hill was reminded of his former coach while playing golf. Hill’s playing partner advised him to “Don’t hurry, get your balance”, which evoked a Wooden maxim of “Be quick, but don’t hurry.” Realizing that the coach’s teachings had subconsciously guided his life and career, Hill was inspired to contact Wooden, and they developed a close friendship. He co-wrote Be Quick—But Don’t Hurry! Finding Success in the Teachings of a Lifetime with Wooden, which became a bestseller when it was published in 2001.
The book presents Andy’s personal relationship with Wooden as his coach and mentor, and details how he applied his experience as a player under Wooden to achieve success as a television executive. The book also demonstrates the relevance of Wooden’s coaching style to the business world, and reveals the team-building management secrets of the man who has been called “the greatest coach of the twentieth century”.
After publishing the book, Hill became a motivational speaker on leadership and life coaching. Since 2005, he has been coaching senior executives ranging from Fox Studios to T. Rowe Price on how to use Coach Wooden’s leadership principles to help them achieve maximum results from their teams. He was a founding partner of HollywoodandCatfish.com in 2010, a 2010, a monthly coaching newsletter that connects the lessons of Coach Wooden to the world of the financial advisor. The electronic newsletter now goes out to over 10,000 financial advisors across the nation.
Andy’s television appearances have included HBO’s Real Sports, ABC’s Nightline, PBS’s NewsHour, and CNBC’s Power Lunch. He continues to speak to scores of organizations throughout the U.S. and is currently focused on providing inspiration to non-profit and educational groups in California.