Heger/Hill repeats as Diver/Diving Coach of the Year
Season starts Saturday, hosting Grand Valley State
Milwaukee takes second overall at league meet
New group set to join UWM this fall
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Todd Hill enters his 11th season as Milwaukee' diving coach since coming back to UWM following an illustrious diving career with the Panthers.
Hill continues his stellar and award-winning coaching run, earning Horizon League Diving Coach of the Year honors five times in the past nine years. Over the past eight seasons, his divers have combined to earn 48 Horizon League Diver of the Week honors, with 15 advancing to NCAA Zone Diving competition.
Last season, Hill coached some outstanding performances on the men's side. K.J. Heger broke his own school record on the three-meter as just a sophomore en route to a league title. Heger also won the one-meter title in convincing fashion and earned the Men's Diver of the Meet Award. Milwaukee really showed its depth last year as they had five total divers compete in the A-finals at the league meet, helping Hill earn Men's Diving Coach of the Year, his fifth league award overall.
He coached Kelsey George to second team all-league honors on both boards in 2009-10 and helped the women to league championships on each in 2008-09, with Ashley Hall (3-m winner) and George (1-m champion) sharing Horizon League Diver of the Meet honors. His women's squad dominated the league meet, placing four divers in the top six on both boards.
He led a team effort in 2007-08, placing seven divers in the top 10 on the one-meter board and seven in the top nine on the three-meter. Hall led the way after finishing second (1-m) and third (3-m) overall.
Hill had the women's league diver of the meet for the third-consecutive year in 2006-07, guiding Crystal Szymanski to the honor after claiming a league title on the one-meter board and second place on the three-meter board, despite her missing well over half the season to injury before coming back. In addition, Emily Duesler claimed All-Horizon First Team honors on the three-meter board.
In 2005-06, he helped guide Erin Blemberg to Diver of the Meet honors in back-to-back seasons, with Blemberg setting a new school mark on the three-meter board en route to winning league titles on both boards. Additionally, Panther divers placed 1-2-3 on the three-meter and 1-2-4 on the one-meter at the championships. The previous season, Blemberg won the three-meter crown and took second on the one-meter, as UWM had three finalists on the one-meter board.
In addition to his duties with UWM, Hill is currently the head diving coach for the Schroeder Aquatic Center diving team. He joined the swimming & diving program after working as the head diving coach for Whitefish Bay High School and Homestead High School. During that time, Hill served as the assistant for the Schroeder YMCA diving team.
In becoming the Panther diving coach, Hill had added to an already impressive list of credentials that includes coaching many young athletes to the Junior Zone competition and coaching one Junior National Champion. He has also instructed six high school state champions, numerous high school All-Americans and has led many athletes to become finalists in state competition.
The list also includes seven YMCA National Champions, five AAU National qualifiers, three Junior National qualifiers (while also assisting a Junior National Champion in 2001), five Senior National qualifiers and a compilation of Junior and Senior National Zone competitors too numerous to list.
Besides being considered one of the best diving coaches in the league and area, Hill had a distinguished diving career at UWM. He won Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships three times and was a four-time NCAA Zone qualifier. He was named the MCC Diver of the Year in 1999 and 2000. Hill graduated from UWM in the spring of 2001 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.