Aug. 8, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Oregon native Jon Hill has been named the multi-event and pole vault coach for Army track and field, it was announced by fifth-year head coach Troy Engle on Wednesday. Hill comes to West Point after four years of coaching at Eastern Washington University.
"The opportunity to work with a program like Army, with a head coach like Coach Engle was too much to pass up," said Hill. "The history and tradition of the Academy and its athletic department make it a perfect place to take the next step in my career. I'm excited to learn all that I can and contribute as much as I can toward the goals of the program."
While with the Eagles, Hill oversaw the jumping and multi-event competition groups, while also managing recruiting and scholarship allocation, home competitions and monitoring academic performance. During his tenure, Hill's student-athletes broke 11 school records, established 44 top-10 historical marks, collected 24 all-conference certificates and earned five bids to the NCAA Regional Championships.
A proven recruiter, notable EWU signees scouted by Hill included six high school valedictorians, a national record holder, 12 state champions and one junior national champion.
"Jon is coming off a couple of great years at Eastern Washington," said Engle. "For his efforts he's been recognized as one of the bright and rising stars of coaching by USA Track & Field, as evidenced by his participation at the Olympic Trials Mentorship Program and Emerging Elite Coaches Program. There really wasn't a choice. He was the first name that came to my mind and the first name that came off the lips of most of my coaching peers.
"We have the right combination now. Our previous multis coach did a great job developing that event group and has a solid group of incoming athletes for Jon to work with."
Prior to his time in Cheney, Wash., Hill spent the 2007-08 season as the head track and field coach at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, Ore. Hill's teams excelled both on the track and in the classroom, establishing three school records and 17 all-state nods, while earning a pair of all-state academic team certificates.
Hill is a certified USATF Level I instructor, while also boasting Level II credits for jumps and sprints, hurdles, relays, and combined events.
A 2007 graduate of Portland State University with a degree in health studies, Hill established 11 top-10 marks while qualifying for the NCAA Regionals during his final season with the Vikings. He remains ranked as high as No. 2 on the all-time long jump lists for both indoor and outdoor competition.
Hill, who worked towards a graduate degree in sports administration at EWU, boasts a unique tie to West Point and the military; his grandfather, Edward Hathorn, fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II under the direction of Gen. George S. Patton (USMA 1909).