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Mark Hill recently concluded his fifth season on the University of Michigan swimming and diving staff and his second as an assistant coach, working primarily with the men's team. He spent the previous three seasons as the volunteer assistant coach with the men's swimming and diving team before being promoted to full-time staff in August 2012.
Hill oversees the sprint group with Mike Bottom. Under Hill's watch, Michigan has set four of the five school records on relays, while the 200-yard medley relay team of Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zachary Turk won gold at the 2013 NCAA Championships, giving the program its first-ever win in that race. One of the biggest benefactors of Hill's coaching has been Bruno Ortiz, who set program records in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, winning Big Ten titles in both races and becoming a five-time NCAA All-American in 2013. In 2014, Hill was instrumental in coaching Dylan Bosch to the national title in the 200-yard butterfly.
As the men's team's volunteer assistant, Hill helped guide the Wolverines to back-to-back Big Ten titles in 2011 and 2012. He coached George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago) to a seventh-place finish at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Over the past three years, Hill has served as an assistant coach on the Club Wolverine Elite Team, an international post-graduate Olympic training program based out of the University of Michigan that hosted 15 Olympic swimmers from around the world as they prepared for the London games.
Hill came to Michigan after spending the two years in Florida, working as a head USS Age Group Coach in Key Largo and as the head high school coach at Coral Shores High School in Islamorada. He was also a master's coach with the Fighting Manatees, developing a strength and dry-land program. He also worked with current head coach Mike Bottom at the Race Club from June 2007-August 2008.
Prior to moving to Florida, Hill was an assistant coach at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., from August 2005-May 2007. He also was also a coach with the Sho'men Aquatics group. Hill served as a an assistant junior coach for the 2005 Maccabi Games in Israel, assisting with pre-meet training camp and running practices.
After completing his eligibility at Maryland, Hill was an undergraduate coach for the Terrapins during the 2004-05 season where he helped coach the sprinters while assisting the coaching staff in various tasks.
While a varsity swimmer at Maryland, Hill was a four-time letterwinner and four-time school record holder. He was selected as an All-ACC swimmer three times, winning three silver medals and two bronze medals at ACC Championship meets. A captain during the 2003-04 season, he was a two-time team MVP and recipient of the William R. Campbell Senior Award following the 2003-04 campaign.
Hill was also a five-time gold medalist at the Pan-American Maccabi Games held in Santiago, Chile. He also qualified for and competed at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif.
Hill has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland.
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