Hilton began his career with Brighton & Hove Albion in the Football League Third Division in 1972, and played under the management of Brian Clough, and Peter Taylor. In 1974, he signed with Blackburn Rovers, and won the Football League Third Division which promoted the club to the Football League Second Division. The following year he signed with Gillingham, where he appeared in 28 matches and recorded one goal. In 1976, he was loaned to Aldershot where he appeared in 13 matches. In 1977, he signed a contract with Southport, and finished with the club with 27 matches, and recorded five goals.
After retiring from competitive football Hilton managed Gillingham's youth team, and later moved to Michigan. In 2004, he was appointed the first head coach for the newly formed Windsor Border Stars of the Canadian Professional Soccer League. In his debut season with Windsor he led the team to a third-place finish in the Western Conference, and clinched a postseason berth. He also claimed the club's first piece of silverware by winning the Open Canada Cup. For his achievements he was awarded by the league with the CPSL Coach of the Year award. During his five-year tenure with the organization he made the playoffs with the club four consecutive years, won two Open Canada Cups, and one AISL Championship.
Pat holds the Football Associations and UEFA 'A' License. He was part of the FA's Instructional Staff and taught on courses in England, France, Norway, Belgium, Ireland, USA and Canada
- Wolves-Hawks coach since 2017
- Former Livonia City Soccer Club Coach
- Former Michigan ODP Coach for the last 10-11 years
- Received Coach of the Year Canadian pro league 2004
- Won Canada Cup twice 2003 and 2004
- Was a supervisor in the FA's school of excellence program
- Coached at national english youth level 10 years (Players such as John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ledley king, Ashley Cole, peter crouch, Jermain Defoe, Gareth Barry, Bobby Zamorra, Joe Cole, Anton Ferdinand and many more)