Mark Hill is in his eighth season as Kentucky’s director of performance and head strength and conditioning coach, helping Coach Corey Edmond oversee all facets of the strength and conditioning program.
Hill has an impressive track record of developing and training players who have gone on to sign contracts in the National Football League.
UK has had at least one player taken in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft in five straight seasons. In 2020, Kentucky had six NFL Draft picks which tied for the fourth-most in school history and the most since 1979 (eight). The six picks were also the most for Kentucky since the current seven-round draft era began in 1994. In 2021, UK once again had six picks, including inside linebacker Jamin Davis who was selected in the first round by the Washington Commanders.
Current NFL athletes who have trained under Hill at Kentucky include Josh Allen (Jaguars), Josh Ali (Falcons), Quinton Bohanna (Cowboys), Lynn Bowden Jr. (Saints), T.J. Carter (Rams), Yusuf Corker (Bengals), Davis (Commanders), Brandin Echols (Jets), Mike Edwards (Chiefs), Phil Hoskins (Chiefs), Lonnie Johnson Jr. (Saints), Kelvin Joseph (Cowboys), Darian Kinnard (Chiefs), Will Levis (Titans), Tashawn Manning (Ravens), Marquan McCall (Panthers), Quandre Mosely (Patriots), Josh Paschal (Lions), Justin Rigg (Titans), Wan’Dale Robinson (Giants), Chris Rodriguez Jr. (Commanders), Keidron Smith (Dolphins), Benny Snell Jr. (Steelers), Logan Stenberg (Lions), DeAndre Square (Rams), Carrington Valentine (Panthers), Chris Westry (Browns), and Landon Young (Saints).
With Hill’s help, the Wildcats began their school-record seven-year bowl run in 2016 and now have won four of their last five, defeating Penn State in the 2019 VRBO Citrus Bowl (’18 season), Virginia Tech in the 2019 Belk Bowl, NC State in the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and Iowa in the 2022 Citrus Bowl (’21 season).
Prior to being hired at Kentucky, Hill spent five seasons (2011-15) as the head strength and conditioning coach at Indiana. With the Hoosiers, Hill mentored three first-team All-Americans – offensive linemen Dan Feeney and Jason Spriggs in 2015, and Tevin Coleman in 2014, who rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season. The three All-Americans were the most for Indiana over a two-year period since 1968-69 (3). Overall, 38 Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors.
He also spent four years (2007-10) as the head strength and conditioning director at Minnesota where 19 of his student-athletes earned All-Big Ten recognition. He was a part of two bowl games, as the Gophers advanced to the Insight Bowl in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
From 2004-06, Hill was the associate director of performance enhancement at Arizona where he coached three Freshman All-Americans and nine NFL Draft selections.
He started his career as an assistant strength and conditioning director under Edmond at Oklahoma from 2000-03 where he coached 13 All-Americans, 28 NFL draft picks (including six first-round choices), and recipients of the Butkus, Heisman, Lombardi, Nagurski, O’Brien and Thorpe awards. He helped the Sooners win a national championship in 2000 and finish as the national runners-up in 2003.
A three-year starting wide receiver for Chattanooga, Hill recorded 100 catches for 1,329 yards in his career. In 1998, he led the Mocs and finished second in the league in receiving, earning first-team All-Southern Conference honors. That season, he totaled 53 receptions for 683 yards and two scores, and returned 12 kickoffs for 279 yards.
Hill graduated from Chattanooga with a degree in sport administration in 1999.
A native of Lanett, Ala., Hill and his wife, Alesha, have a son, Markieus, and a daughter, Makiyah.
|2000-03||Oklahoma||Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning|
|2004-06||Arizona||Associate Director of Performance Enhancement|
|2007-10||Minnesota||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|2011-15||Indiana||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|2016-present||Kentucky||Director of Performance/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|2000||Orange Bowl- National Champions||Oklahoma|
|2003||Sugar Bowl – National Runners-up||Oklahoma|
|2017||Music City Bowl||Kentucky|
|2020||TaxSlayer Gator Bowl||Kentucky|
|2022||Music City Bowl||Kentucky|