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    Robert Hill
    Robert Hill

    Director of Athletics

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    Now in his 27th year as a member of the SFA Athletics Department, Hill has served the past eight years as Director of Athletics.

    In his time as Director of Athletics, SFA teams have won 33 Southland Conference titles and have made NCAA Division I championship appearances in football, men's and women's basketball, cross country, volleyball, soccer, softball, women's tennis, men's golf and indoor/outdoor track.

    SFA won seven Southland Conference titles during the 2012-13 school year. Championship trophies were awarded to men's basketball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track, soccer and women's cross country.

    Under his leadership the SFA athletic program has enjoyed its best years ever highlighted by winning the 2010 and 2012 SLC 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 2010, 2011 and 2013 and the SLC women's all-sports title in 2010. SFA is only the second school to have swept all three awards in the 50-year history of the Southland Conference.

    During the past eight years SFA teams have also made school history. Among the notable athletic achievements are SFA's first back-to-back SLC football titles in 2009 and 2010; men's basketball first ever NCAA tournament appearance; 10 consecutive women's conference track and field titles; first time conference titles for men's track and field, 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.

    SFA baseball received national recognition in 2013 when shortstop Hunter Dozier became the eighth overall player chosen in the MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals. Dozier is the highest draft choice for any sport in SFA and Southland Conference history.

    Hill 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 2012. 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 installation of a new playing surface in Homer Bryce Stadium. The new surface was completed during the summer in time for the 2013 football season. The project also included the construction of a new discus/hammer cage and high jump pad. During the spring, night baseball returned to SFA with the installation of lights at Jaycees Field. At the same time a new outfield fence and warning track were added. Both projects were financed through donor gifts of $200,000.

    Other recent projects include a new improved grass soccer field 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. Under Hill's direction SFA has also remodeled the 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.

    Academic success is another point of emphasis for Hill as 101 student-athletes received degrees during the 2012-13 academic year. Also, 153 SFA student-athletes were named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's honor roll during the 2012-13 academic year. At the end of the 2013 spring semester, 43 percent of all SFA student-athletes were maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher. The overall GPA for all teams was 2.84.

    Hill is also active on the national scene where he is currently serving on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee and Football Issues Committee.

    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. Prior to joining SFA, he spent 17 years in broadcasting. He also continued his broadcast work at SFA as the voice of SFA football and basketball for 30 seasons before becoming athletics 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.Now in his 27th year as a member of the SFA Athletics Department, Hill has served the past eight years as Director of Athletics.