Entering his seventh year at FGCU, Michael Hill, who was the department's Interim Sports Information Director from 2008-2010 and saw the Eagles through their four-year transition period into Division I, serves as the primary contact for sand volleyball, the three-time A-Sun champion volleyball program and the four-time A-Sun champion and nationally-recognized women's basketball program. Hill has assisted or been the primary contact for 11 Atlantic Sun regular season championships during his stint at FGCU.
In October 2012, Hill was tagged with the title of Assistant Director of Communications/Internet Services and Design, serving as the athletic department's liaison with Streamline Technologies, Florida Gulf Coast’s official web site provider. Hill, who has overseen two website redesign projects during his tenure, maintains all general web pages on FGCUAthletics.com and works hand-in-hand with Streamline Technologies to ensure the online experience for FGCU fans across the globe is executed to the highest degree.
As the in-house graphic designer, Hill creates the department’s annual Booster Brochure and all of the printed materials for FGCU’s premier event, Night at the Nest, among other things. He is responsible for growing the FGCU Athletic department's profile on social media, while also overseeing social network and new media strategies and utilizing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to their maximum.
His daily duties with the sand volleyball, volleyball and women's basketball teams include game program and game note production, website maintenance, in-game statistics, social media updates, media relations, handling all A-Sun.TV broadcasts and coordination with the Atlantic Sun Conference office.
In 2011-12, Hill successfully covered the most historic season in the women’s basketball program’s Division I history. The Eagles, who finished the year with a 29-3 overall record (18-0 A-Sun) and captured their first A-Sun Tournament title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and earned a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. The Green and Blue, with their seven trifectas vs. St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Raleigh Regional, set the NCAA single-season record for three-pointers in a season (342) and three-pointers made per game (10.7).
During the summer after the 2011-12 season, Hill spearheaded several changes to FGCUAthletics.com, including a redesigned social media hub and schedule tabs, iPhone/Android wallpapers and ‘We Are FGCU’ tabs on each sport homepage. Hill also added Instagram to FGCU’s social media buffet.
The 2010-11 year saw FGCU unveil a new attack to social media, as the athletics department launched platforms on Twitter (@FGCUEagles), Facebook (Facebook.com/FGCUAthletics) and YouTube.
Following the 2010-11 academic year, Hill led the charge in revamping FGCUAthletics.com, working with Streamline Technologies to premiere the site on August 12 to coincide with the athletic department’s first NCAA & Conference postseason eligible season.
During the 2009-10 year, Hill had the unique opportunity of covering the 2010 FGCU baseball squad and five-time All-American pitcher Chris Sale. The baseball program jumped onto the national stage by posting a 25-5 A-Sun Conference record, ranking as high as No. 25 in the country and landing its third consecutive A-Sun regular season crown. Sale destroyed the competition going 11-0 and was drafted no. 13 overall in the first round of the MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.
Prior to joining the FGCU staff, Hill was an Athletics Media Relations Assistant at Ohio University. At Ohio, he worked specifically with cross country, women’s basketball, track and field and the 2006 Mid-American Conference champion field hockey program. While at OU he was responsible for writing press releases and coordinating interviews, as well as designing, writing, and editing media publications. He also was in charge of updating and organizing the university’s official website. Ohio University is a member of the Mid-American Conference.
Before taking the position at Ohio, Hill spent the previous year with the Cleveland Cavaliers serving as the Basketball Communications Intern. While with the Cleveland, he assisted in the day-to-day operations of the department as the club advanced to second round of the playoffs. In addition to assisting with editing game notes, the playoff media guide and press releases, he also transcribed quotes during the regular season and playoff for then-head coach Mike Brown and LeBron James, three-time NBA MVP and the first overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft.
A 2006 graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Hill received a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. He is an active member of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and Black College Sports Information Director's Association (BCSIDA).
Hill is a native of Detroit, Mich. and currently resides in Estero. He can be followed on Twitter @Mike_Hill84.
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