The man behind Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby’s snooker sucesses has a new protege... and he’s a chip off the old block

Del and Tom Hill.
Del and Tom Hill.

When Mark Selby beat all the odds to take snooker’s world title by overwhelming hot favourite and reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, it was yet another milestone for the game’s top coach Del Hill.

For the Friskney supremo can lay claim to having coached both stars on their way to the top.

It’s well documented that Del coached O’Sullivan during what was arguably the Rocket’s most successful spell in world ranking events.

And in the last year he has helped Selby hone his game at the Snooker Farm to win snooker’s blue riband event.

Now the Hill dynasty is growing as Del’s youngest son Tom ­- himself a qualified coach -­ is beginning to make a reputation as a coach in his own right as well as being one of Boston’s top cuemen.

Tom spent time practising at the Snooker Farm with Ricky Walden during the world top 16 player’s build-up to the Crucible showpiece.

As a result, Walden’s manager Lee Gorton was so impressed by Tom’s knowledge of the game that he has invited him to Cheshire to do some coaching.

Tom will be travelling north on Friday to spend the weekend at Gorton’s snooker club where he will spend two full days imparting advice, techniques and training routines to the best of the club’s young players.

Del has also helped guide Graham Dott to a world title at Crucible during his years as as a coach.