CHESTERTOWN — Mark Hill, who as an assistant coach helped guide the University of Michigan men to an NCAA Division I national championship in swimming, is the newly hired head men’s and women’s coach at Washington College.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Hill, who was an assistant coach here from August 2005 to May 2007. His wife Jessica ‘05 and his father Larry ‘64 are Washington graduates.
Hill’s hiring was announced in a July 8 news release.
He succeeds Matt Harris, who has accepted the head coaching job at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Del., where he also will be the aquatic director and teach English.
Hill, 37, was on Washington’s staff when Kim Lessard — now the assistant athletic director, aquatics director and senior women’s administrator — was the head coach.
He said the chance to work again with Lessard is one of the reasons he is returning to WC.
He also cited the close-knit community of Washington’s athletics department, the support of Athletic Director Thad Moore and the connection his family has to the college.
“It feels like, in some capacity, Washington College has always been a part my life. I look forward to getting back to living on, and raising my family on, the beautiful Eastern Shore,” Hill said in the news release.
Hill was a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s swim program at Michigan from August 2009 until the end of the 2011-12 season, when he became a full-time assistant and the head recruiter for both the Michigan men’s and women’s teams for four seasons.
In addition to helping guide the men’s team to the 2013 NCAA Division I national championship, Hill was on staff when Michigan’s men won six consecutive Big Ten titles (2011-2016) and the women won the 2016 Big Ten title.
Michigan’s men finished fourth in the nation in 2014 and third in 2015.
Hill helped coach Michigan swimmers to program records in 13 events, including the 2013 national championship-winning men’s 200-yard medley relay.
Hill subsequently served as an assistant coach and head recruiter for the Indiana University men’s and women’s teams during the 2017-18 academic year, working with the mid-stroke and sprint groups. During this time, Indiana’s men won the Big Ten and placed third at the NCAAs and the women were second in the Big Ten.
In Hill’s one season at Indiana, 20 school records were established — including four that were American-record times.
Hill also has a lengthy coaching history in youth and high-level international swimming. He most recently served as a head age group coach for Loyola Blakefield Aquatics Club in Towson.
Between his stops at Michigan and Indiana, he spent one year as a head age group coach at Old Dominion Aquatic Club in Virginia Beach, Va.
While at Michigan, he also served as an assistant coach for Club Wolverine Elite Team, which hosted Olympic swimmers from around the world as they prepared for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Hill helped place 10 swimmers on their respective 2016 Olympic teams.
After his time as an assistant coach at Washington College, Hill spent two years as an assistant for The Race Club, a high-performance elite team based in Islamorada, Fla. During that time, he also worked as the head USS age group coach in Key Largo and as the head coach at Coral Shores High School.
Hill swam collegiately at the University of Maryland, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors three times and winning five ACC Championship medals. He served as a team captain his senior season, was a two-time team MVP and a four-time school record-holder.
After completing his eligibility, he served as an undergraduate assistant coach for Maryland’s women, helping them win the 2005 ACC crown.
Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Maryland in 2006.
A five-time gold medalist at the 2003 Pan-American Maccabi Games, Hill qualified for and competed at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif.