Michael J. Hill II joined Xavier athletics in July of 2013 after a six-year stint at Florida Gulf Coast University. Hill serves as the primary contact for the Musketeer men's soccer, women's basketball and men's and women's golf teams in addition to serving as the department's web site coordinator.
Hill comes to Xavier with seven years of Division I athletics experience, including two as the head of a media relations staff. Hill joined the FGCU office following a year at Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference.
At FGCU, Hill, who was the department's Interim Sports Information Director from 2008-2010 and saw the Eagles through their four-year transition period into Division I, served as the primary contact for sand volleyball, the three-time A-Sun champion volleyball program and the four-time A-Sun champion and nationally-recognized women's basketball program. Hill assisted or was the primary contact for 11 Atlantic Sun regular season championships and six A-Sun Tournament championships during his stint at FGCU.
In October 2012, he was tagged with the title of Assistant Director of Communications/Internet Services and Design, serving as the athletic department's liaison with Streamline Technologies, Florida Gulf Coast's official web site provider. Hill, who had overseen two website redesign projects during his tenure at Florida Gulf Coast, maintained all general web pages on FGCUAthletics.com and worked hand-in-hand with Streamline Technologies to ensure the online experience for FGCU fans across the globe was executed to the highest degree.
As the in-house graphic designer, Hill created the department's annual Booster Brochure and all of the printed materials for FGCU's premier event, Night at the Nest, among other things. He was responsible for growing the FGCU Athletic department's profile on social media, while also overseeing social network and new media strategies and utilizing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to their maximum.
During the FGCU men's basketball team's run to the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the first by a 15-seed in tournament history, Hill served as a secondary contact, helping launch `Dunk City' to a household name and consistent national trending topic.
During the summer after the 2011-12 season, Hill spearheaded several changes to FGCUAthletics.com, including a redesigned social media hub and schedule tabs, iPhone/Android wallpapers and `We Are FGCU' tabs on each sport homepage. Hill also added Instagram to FGCU's social media buffet.
The 2010-11 year saw FGCU unveil a new attack to social media, as the athletics department launched platforms on Twitter (@FGCUEagles), Facebook (Facebook.com/FGCUAthletics) and YouTube.
Following the 2010-11 academic year, Hill led the charge in revamping FGCUAthletics.com, working with Streamline Technologies to premiere the site on August 12 to coincide with the athletic department's first NCAA & Conference postseason eligible season.
During the 2009-10 year, Hill had the unique opportunity of covering the 2010 FGCU baseball squad and five-time All-American pitcher Chris Sale. The baseball program jumped onto the national stage by posting a 25-5 A-Sun Conference record, ranking as high as No. 25 in the country and landing its third consecutive A-Sun regular season crown. Sale destroyed the competition going 11-0 and was drafted no. 13 overall in the first round of the MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.
Prior to joining the FGCU staff, Hill was an Athletics Media Relations Assistant at Ohio University. At Ohio, he worked specifically with cross country, women's basketball, track and field and the 2006 Mid-American Conference champion field hockey program.
Before taking the position at Ohio, Hill spent the previous year with the Cleveland Cavaliers serving as the Basketball Communications Intern. While with the Cavs, he assisted in the day-to-day operations of the department as the club advanced to second round of the playoffs. In addition to assisting with editing game notes, the playoff media guide and press releases, he also transcribed quotes during the regular season and playoffs for head coach Mike Brown and LeBron James.
A 2006 graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Hill received a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. A native of Detroit, Mich., he is an active member of the United States Basketball Writers Association, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and Black College Sports Information Directors Association (BCSIDA).