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    Robert Hill
    Robert Hill

    Position:
    Director of Athletics

    Alma Mater:
    Stephen F. Austin

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    Proving that there is no place like home, Hill is now in his 28th year as a member of the SFA Athletic Department and has served the past nine years as Director of Athletics.

    "I'm asked all the time, why did you choose to spend your career at SFA, and I tell them why not? I couldn't think of a better place or better people," says Hill.

    In his time as Director of Athletics, SFA teams have won 35 Southland Conference titles and have made NCAA Division I championship appearances in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, women's tennis, men's golf and indoor/outdoor track.

    SFA teams most recently won three Southland Conference titles during the 2013-14 school year. Championship trophies were awarded to men's and women's basketball and soccer.

    Under his leadership, the SFA athletic program has enjoyed its best years ever, highlighted by winning the 2012 and 2010 Southland Conference Commissioner's Cups. The annual award represents the all-sports champion in the Southland Conference.

    SFA also won the SLC men's all-sports trophies in 2013, 2011 and 2010 and the SLC women's all-sports title in 2014 and 2010. SFA is only the second school to have swept all three awards in the 50-year history of the Southland Conference, doing so in 2010.

    During the past nine years, SFA teams have made school history. Among the notable athletic achievements was SFA's first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament victory in 2014 over Virginia Commonwealth. The 2013-14 men's basketball season also included a first ever 18-0 Southland Conference record and an overall record of 32-3.

    Other highlights include the first ever back-to-back SLC football titles in 2009 and 2010; men's basketball first ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2009; two men's basketball NIT appearances, ten consecutive women's conference track titles; first time conference titles for men's track, women's tennis and softball. Volleyball became the first SFA team to win an NCAA Division I tournament match when they upset Alabama in 2006.

    Academic success is major point of emphasis for Hill as 94 student-athletes received degrees during the 2013-14 academic year. Also, 179 SFA student-athletes were named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's honor roll during the 2013-14 academic year. At the end of the 2014 spring semester, 47 percent of all SFA student-athletes were maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher with seven teams achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The overall GPA for all teams was 2.94.

    SFA teams now wear Under Armour uniforms, shoes and accessories as a result of Hill negotiating a five-year agreement with the sports apparel giant to become the official outfitter for SFA athletic teams through 2018.

    "Having Under Armour as our official outfitter is a direct result of SFA athletic success over the past several years." Hill explains. "I consider Under Armour to be the premier provider for performance apparel and to have them outfitting our teams can only help us grow our brand."

    Hill also played an important role in helping to create the "Battle of the Piney Woods" football game between SFA and Sam Houston State at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The rivalry game moved from campus locations to the home of the Houston Texans in 2010. More than 26,000 attended the game in 2013. The partnership between Lone Star Sports and Entertainment, SFA and Sam Houston, has created one of the top FCS football games of the year. The game agreement has now been extended through 2017.

    Facility improvements have been a priority since Hill became director. The most recent upgrade was the reconstruction of the football practice fields. Other recent projects include new artificial turf in Homer Bryce Stadium, lights for Jaycees Field, home of SFA baseball, a new improved grass playing surface for soccer and a newly remodeled Shelton Gym for volleyball. A new softball stadium opened in 2010 and a new $450,000 tennis pavilion to house the women's team opened in the spring of 2008. Other improvements during his nine years include remodeled football and basketball dressing rooms, football offices and fieldhouse meeting rooms. A new sound system was added to the Coliseum along with new scoreboards, video boards and a newly refinished floor.

    Hill is also active on the national scene where he is currently serving as chairman of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee. This committee oversees all aspects of the FCS national championship football playoff. He also serves on the NCAA's Football Issues committee and is vice president of the Southland Conference Advisory Council.

    In 2011, the National Association of Collegiate Director's of Athletics named him Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision West Region.

    The Canadian, Texas, native began his SFA career as sports information director in 1987. Hill moved to assistant athletic director for business affairs in 1990 and became associate athletic director for internal affairs in 1998. Hill spent 17 years in radio broadcasting prior to joining SFA. He continued his broadcast work at SFA as the voice of SFA football and basketball for 30 seasons before becoming athletic director.

    Both he and his wife, Brenda, are SFA graduates. Their family includes daughter Alix and her husband Matt and grandson Carter of Dallas; son Stuart and his wife Kathy and grandson, Blake, all of Columbia, MD.

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