After serving a year on the staff of Miami Hockey as a volunteer coach, Tommy Hill was named the RedHawks' director of hockey operations on Aug. 1, 2013.
As the director of hockey operations, Hill will coordinate travel arrangements, set up meals and organize ice time, among other duties. He will also handle much of Miami's video, organizing it, exchanging with teams and cutting clips for scouting reports. Hill will serve as the liaison to the Blue Line Club and other departments, as well.
As Miami's volunteer assistant coach during the 2012-13 season, Hill worked with players on the ice, assisting in skill development and contributing to in-game strategy. He also broke down film in his first year at Miami while helping prepare scouting reports -- something he'll continue to do in his new role. Hill coordinated the Junior RedHawks program and other community service outreach, as well, in 2012-13.
Hill came to Miami after completing a four-year hockey career at former CCHA rival Ferris State from 2008-12. As a senior he served as co-captain and led the Bulldogs to their first ever Frozen Four and a berth in the national championship game. He also helped guide FSU to the program's second CCHA regular-season title in 2011-12.
A defenseman his first three years before moving to forward as a senior, Hill played in 61 career games as a Bulldog, including a career-high 24 as a senior. He blocked 30 shots during his Ferris State career while firing 36. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance from FSU in the spring of 2012.
Hill was honored with the NCAA Elite 89 award in April of 2012, which recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. It is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
Among Hill's other awards are the FSU Blue Line Competitive Award, which he won as a junior for being the top competitor on the team on a daily basis. The award was voted on by his teammates. He earned the Bulldogs' Most Improved Player Award as a sophomore and was given the FSU Dean's Academic Award three times during his career.
The Portage, Mich., native earned his master's degree in sport studies at Miami while serving as director of hockey operations in 2016.