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Women's Swimming & Diving to Usher in New Era with Wisconsin Dual
Mark Hill recently concluded his seventh season on the University of Michigan swimming and diving staff and his fourth as 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. In Hill's seven years, Michigan swimmers have set program records in eight individual races and on all five relays, including the national championship-winning 200-yard medley relay team of Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zack Turk, which set NCAA, NCAA Championships and U.S. Open records at the 2013 NCAA Championships. One of the biggest benefactors to Hill's coaching was Paul Powers, who was Big Ten champion and NCAA All-American in the 50-yard freestyle in both 2015 and 2016. At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Powers became the second swimmer in Big Ten history to go under the 19-second barrier in the 50-yard freestyle, setting a Big Ten record (18.85).
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 four 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.