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July 30, 2006
On July 26, 2006, IDA M. ELEY; loving wife of Ralph Eley, Jr. She is also survived by her loving children, Sheila and Maurice Eley; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Washington and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the Family Owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Ave. on Monday, after 9, where family will receive friends from 5 to 7. Family will also receive friends on Tuesday, at Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights at 10:30, followed by funeral services at 11.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
When Morgan State tangles with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Norfolk State on Saturday, the Bears will see a familiar face - on the opponent's sideline. Donald Hill-Eley was Morgan State's head coach for 12 years, compiling a 59-76 record. His contract was not renewed at the end of the 2013 season, and Hill-Eley was replaced by Lee Hull, the former wide receivers coach at Maryland. Hill-Eley did not have to wait long for employment as Spartans head coach Pete Adrian hired Hill-Eley in March as the team's offensive coordinator.
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May 27, 2009
On May 22, 2009, JAMES E. ELEY, JR. (Possum). Friends may visit the FAMILY OWNED MARCH FUNERAL HOME EAST, 1101 E. North Avenue, on Thursday after 8:30 AM, where the family will receive friends on Friday at 11:30 AM. Funeral services will follow at 12 PM.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
Morgan State announced Monday afternoon that Donald Hill-Eley will not return as the football program's head coach. Hill-Eley, who went 59-76 in 12 years leading the Bears, was informed of the university's decision around noon. “I appreciate the opportunity that Morgan has provided my family and the opportunity to help educate and raise men,” Hill-Eley, 44, said. “I'm just fortunate enough that I was able to return the program better than what they gave me. It's time for a new chapter.” Last November, Hill-Eley accidentally received an email outlining the administration's plan to find his replacement.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN REPORTER | October 5, 2007
Despite delivering Morgan State's football program from an era of unmitigated losing, when the Bears endured 22 consecutive sub-.500 seasons, coach Donald Hill-Eley is not assured of keeping his job for another year. Hill-Eley, whose contract is up in December, said the university offered him a one-year extension last week. N.C. A&T@Morgan State Tomorrow, 4 p.m., 88.9 FM
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2002
The long wait for the official announcement of Donald Hill-Eley's appointment as Morgan State's new football coach ended yesterday, 19 days after it was reported in The Sun that last season's offensive coordinator would be named boss of the Bears. Morgan athletic director David Thomas said Hill-Eley would replace Stanley Mitchell, who had a 5-27 record in three seasons at Morgan. "I was impressed with the way Coach Hill related to our young team last season," said Thomas yesterday. "He made substantial contributions to the program last year, and the players seemed to identify well with him. "I feel he brings a winning attitude and solid experiences to the Morgan State football team.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2002
Donald Hill-Eley said yesterday that he has been chosen the new head football coach at Morgan State, which plans to announce his hiring Tuesday. Hill-Eley, 34, is currently the Bears' offensive coordinator and has been directing all the recruiting since Stanley Mitchell was fired last fall after a 2-9 season. He will be Morgan State's 11th head football coach in 28 years, a frustrating time during which the Bears have compiled an 83-197 record. Hill-Eley has spent only one season at Morgan, but he also served as quarterbacks coach under Don Matthews for two years with the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL. Hill-Eley followed Mathews to the Toronto Argonauts, where he was wide receivers coach for one season.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun reporter | December 1, 2007
In Donald Hill-Eley's six seasons as coach, Morgan State has risen from college football purgatory to become a college football destination. "When I took the job, I'd call people and nobody wanted to come to Morgan State," he said. "Everybody wanted to play Morgan State because we weren't competitive." Thirty wins later, the Bears have bridged the gap between doormat and respectability. For that, Hill-Eley has been given a three-year contract with two one-year options by the university.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN REPORTER | April 28, 2007
When Donald Hill-Eley became Morgan State's 18th head football coach in 2002, he faced the massive task of erasing an ingrained negative mentality. "I figured it would take at least five years to turn around 23 years of losing," Hill-Eley said before theBears completed their annual Blue-Orange game last night at Hughes Stadium. "Now, I'm in the last year of my contract and this is the time to show how we've either progressed or have not. It's time to determine how far the program has really come."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2003
The football renaissance at Morgan State may have just started. After leading the school to its first winning record since 1979 last season, coach Donald Hill-Eley said yesterday that the success has had a resounding effect on recruiting and that the team is "loaded" for 2003 and beyond. "We had a lot of newcomers who either transferred or sat out, so our freshman recruiting was mainly for 2004," Hill-Eley said. "All the replacements for the people we were losing were already here." And a lot of them are local faces, both among the players just signed and those who will be eligible for the first time.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
As soon as it would seem that junior Robert Council has established himself as starting quarterback of the Morgan State football team, Council may get some competition from the former starter. Junior Seth Higgins, who sat out the Bears' past two games after spraining his right (throwing) shoulder in a 34-22 victory over North Carolina Central on Oct. 19, has been cleared to return to practice Tuesday, coach Donald Hill-Eley said during the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's weekly conference call.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
Morgan State's first win of the season - a 34-21 victory over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Florida A&M on Saturday - was a cathartic end to the program's five-game losing streak to opening the year. Coach Donald Hill-Eley said the Bears' first win since a 45-6 rout of Savannah State on Oct. 6, 2012 was a just reward for the work the players and coaches had committed through the preseason and regular season. “It's always a sense of relief,” he said Tuesday morning during the MEAC conference call.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
Morgan State and Florida A&M have taken different paths to Saturday's game at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore. The Bears have dropped their first five games of the season and are 0-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after Saturday's 27-21 loss to Norfolk State . The Rattlers (1-3) have yet to play a league contest and have lost their past three. But they are coming off a bye week. So does the bye week give Florida A&M an advantage? Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley thinks so. “This game is all about preparation,” he said Tuesday.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
At 0-5, the Morgan State football team is off to its worst start since 2000 and opened its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference campaign with a 27-21 loss to Norfolk State on Saturday. Despite having to fight an uphill battle, coach Donald Hill-Eley said the program's preseason goals are still attainable. He pointed out that the Bears are just one game behind North Carolina A&T (3-0 overall and 1-0 in the league), South Carolina State (3-2, 1-0), Delaware State (1-3, 1-0) and Norfolk State (1-3, 1-0)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
The disappointed looks and the drooped shoulders were physical expressions of a Morgan State football team trying to absorb the reality of an 0-5 start and a 0-1 opening in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The unfavorable beginning may also be taking a mental toll. The players and coaches quietly walked into the locker room at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore after Saturday's 27-21 loss to previously winless Norfolk State for a five-minute meeting with coach Donald Hill-Eley, but afterward, the frustration for a few players spilled out via their comments.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
When the Morgan State football team took the field at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore for Saturday's home and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener against Norfolk State, the Bears did not run to the sideline closest to their fans, their marching band and their cheerleaders. Instead, the team stood on the visitors' sideline - in front of the Spartans' fans, marching band and cheerleaders. After the 27-21 loss, Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley explained his decision to have the team stand on the opposing sideline.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun reporter | October 19, 2007
The roster has many players dealing with domestic issues, single-parent homes and dysfunctional families. For a football team, Morgan State brings enough personal baggage to the field to keep 10 counselors occupied. But the Bears need only one. Donald Hill-Eley, the coach with a master's degree in counseling, pulls together the loose ends and disparate parts of his team in a way that embraces the family spirit. Under his roof, players with troubled backgrounds find a path out of despair.
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By Bob Ferrante and Bob Ferrante,Special to The Sun | October 29, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Scheduled as a homecoming opponent for its second straight road game, Morgan State fell a yard short of getting the upset yesterday. Florida A&M pulled out a 24-23 win over the Bears before a raucous crowd of 26,190, sealing the win only after an improbable series of events: a goal-line stand by the Rattlers, followed by a safety by the Bears and then an interception by FAMU in the final seconds. Trailing by three with the ball on the 1-yard line, Chad Simpson was stopped short of the end zone three straight times - the last a fourth-down tackle by the Rattlers' Vernon Wilder with 2:21 left in the game.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
For the first time since Donald Hill-Eley became head coach in 2002, Morgan State has opened the season with four consecutive losses. But he said the mood in the locker room has not changed. “Yesterday was a day that we give the players off, and you've got 40 guys out on the field, moving around,” Hill-Eley said Tuesday morning during a conference call. “So the spirits are high. Quite naturally, you would want to have gotten a win within these first four games. [But] you're going against conference champions, you're going against the Big South champion [Liberty]
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Morgan State has dropped its first three games for the first time since 2002, the program's first year under coach Donald Hill-Eley. It is a sobering start for a team eager to bounce back from last season's 3-8 record, but Hill-Eley said the coaches are using the losing streak as a learning tool. “You have to be honest with the young men,” he said Tuesday during a conference call arranged by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. “When you go out every week, you're preparing to win, and when you're going out against the stark competition as we had in the first couple of games, you know that if you're on all cylinders, you've got a chance.  [You]
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