Hill Named Athletics Director
July 14, 2005
NACOGDOCHES, Texas-- The Stephen F. Austin State University board of regents approved today the selection of Robert Hill as athletics director to succeed Steve McCarty. McCarty announced in April that he will retire as athletics director at the university effective Aug. 31. Hill will take over the duties effective Sept. 1.
"I am extremely honored to be given this opportunity to lead the athletic department at SFA. We will continue to do everything possible to produce championships on the playing field and graduate our student-athletes at a higher rate than ever before. I'm excited about the future of Stephen F. Austin athletics and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead," said Hill.
The Canadian, Texas native is in his 19th year as a member of the athletic department staff, beginning as sports information director in 1987. Hill moved to assistant athletic director in 1990 and became associate athletic director in 1998. Over the past eight years, Hill has overseen all internal operations of the department, including financial and facility matters. He has also served as the licensing director for the campus having developed the University's licensing program and its affiliation with Collegiate Licensing Company.
He has been associated with the university as a student, broadcaster or staff member for the past 37 years. Prior to joining the SFA staff, Hill spent 17 years in broadcasting which included ownership of two radio stations. He served as the play-by-play voice of Lumberjack football and basketball and also broadcast Ladyjack basketball during that time. The 2004 season was Hill's 30th year of broadcasting Lumberjack football and basketball.
Both he and his wife Brenda, who is Associate Superintendant of Schools for Lufkin ISD, are SFA graduates. Their family includes daughter, Alix, son Stuart, and daughter-in-law Kathy Hill. ™