Hill Receives USATF Mentorship for Olympic Trials
Eastern jumps and combined events coach will also attend Emerging Elite camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
Eastern Washington University assistant track and field coach Jonathan Hill will represent EWU at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., after receiving a mentorship grant from USA Track and Field (USATF).
Hill is one of seven coaches to be selected by that governing body, and will be in Eugene from June 22-25. His mentor in Eugene will be Kevin Reid, coach of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay. Reid is the long-time men’s head coach at Azusa Pacific University in California.
There were over 30 coaches who applied, and final selections were made by the Grant Committee of Coaches Advisory Committee of USATF.
He was also awarded an additional grant to attend the Emerging Elite Coaches Camp July 2-6 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The five-day camp is for coaches seeking advanced information, strategies and tactics, with an eye towards elevating their coaching and taking their athletes to the elite level.
Hill recently completed his fourth season as Eastern’s jumps and combined events coach. A 2007 graduate of Portland State University, Hill was team captain for the Vikings in track and field. He competed in the long jump, combined events, sprints and hurdles.
While coaching at Eastern, Hill has helped athletes break school records nine different times, including the women’s long jump, which has been broken six times. He assisted athletes in entering EWU’s all-time top ten list 29 times. He has coached five conference champions, 19 all-conference award winners and four qualifiers for the NCAA Preliminaries. In addition, he has helped lead the men’s and women’s teams to its top finishes ever at Big Sky Conference championship meets, with the men placing third indoors in 2012 and the women placing third outdoors in 2011.
Before coming to Eastern, Hill was the head track and field coach for La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, Ore., where he helped athletes break three school records. He coached three state champions, 17 all-state award winners and 50 all-conference selections. He led La Salle to its highest finish in men’s team history (third), increased its fundraising budget by 315 percent and increased the team’s squad size by 20 percent.