Sep 24, 2019
Sports were like a playground where Mike could spend his days shooting hoops, running, lifting weights, or whatever else he could get his hands into. Mike grew up running around Fort Dodge, IA playing every sport or spending countless hours at the YMCA. He got an interest in weightlifting in middle school and with an added spark from movies like Rocky IV or Bloodsport, it became a passion. Mike’s drive to train and improve was coupled with a curiosity that drove him to read training books and try to improve himself through any opportunity that was presented.
The drive to compete didn’t diminish when Mike graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High and went to UNI. The path to walking on to the basketball team included serving as a manager. And though he didn’t end on the team, serving as a manager for the UNI basketball team opened doors for him as a coach and working with athletes. After living and working in Cedar Falls, Mike got an opportunity working with the Oakland Raiders. That experience was followed by a move to Washington, D.C. and joining the two-person strength and conditioning department at Georgetown.
Mike Hill has been with Georgetown University since 2004. Tim, Tom, and Mike go in-depth into his approach to coaching and constantly learning. As a strength coach, Mike takes advantage of every minute he has with his athletes. He shares how he has developed an approach that starts with how the athletes walk through the door. Coach Hill talks about the motivation and mental part of the way he trains top-tier Division I athletes. In addition to his own physical training, Mike is a voracious reader and you can check out his reading list with #HillsBookClub and following him on Instagram (@license_2_hill).