BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson announced Friday that Mark Hill will serve as head strength and conditioning coach for football. Hill comes to Bloomington after four years as the head strength and conditioning director at the University of Minnesota.Advertisement
“Mark worked with Jerry Schmidt, who is the best in the business, for four years at Oklahoma,” Wilson said. “Jerry’s offseason program and overall player development are Oklahoma’s strengths, and Mark is a direct descendant of Jerry’s principles. We are thrilled Mark is joining us at Indiana. He was a part of starting a new program at both Arizona and Minnesota, so he is used to coming into a program from day one.”
Hill spent 2004-06 as associate director of performance enhancement at the University of Arizona and 2000-03 at the University of Oklahoma as an assistant strength and conditioning director. Hill and Wilson worked together in 2002 and 2003.
“I am extremely excited to be at Indiana University,” Hill said. “It is great to be a Hoosier. I have known Coach Wilson for a long time and I am tremendously happy to be with a coach that I trust and respect. He is a hard worker, structured and has a great plan in place. I think we are going to be successful here. Coach is putting together a great staff and he is going to lead us to where we need to be.”
Mark Wateska, who has headed the strength and conditioning for the IU football program since 2002, will remain as assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning. In that role, he will continue to be ultimately responsible for all the functions, facilities and personnel within the strength and conditioning area. Wateska will also assume a new role as the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports.
During Hill’s tenure at Minnesota, nineteen student-athletes earned All-Big Ten recognition. That total includes back-to-back first team choice and current Denver Bronco wide receiver Eric Decker (2008 and 2009).
Following the 2009 campaign, four Golden Gophers were invited to the NFL Combine – Decker, Lee Campbell, Simoni Lawrence and Nate Triplett. Hill also coached four Gophers who signed NFL contracts following the 2007 season.
At Arizona, he coached three Freshman All-Americans and nine NFL Draft selections, including current San Diego Charger cornerback Antoine Cason. Cason went on to become a first-round NFL Draft pick and won the 2007 Thorpe Award as the nation’s best collegiate defensive back.
While at Oklahoma, he helped the Sooners to four consecutive top 10 finishes, including a 13-0 record and a national championship in 2000. OU also won Big 12 titles in 2000 and 2002. Overall, he coached 13 All-Americans, 28 NFL draft picks (including six first-round choices), and recipients of the Butkus, Heisman, Lombardi, Nagurski, O’Brien and Thorpe awards.
Hill was a three-year starting wide receiver for the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, leading the Mocs and finishing second in the league in receiving while also earning 1998 first team All-Southern Conference honors. He had 53 receptions for 683 yards and two scores in 1998 and also returned 12 kickoffs for 279 yards. Hill finished his career with 100 catches for 1,329 yards.
He graduated from Chattanooga with a degree in sport administration in 1999. Hill and his wife, Alesha, have one son, Markieus.