Wilson College has named Tina L. Hill its new director of intercollegiate athletics. Hill, who brings more than 29 years of experience in NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics administration, will replace longtime faculty member and Wilson athletics director Lori Frey, who last year announced her desire to return to teaching full time.
Hill, who has served as the executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach for the past two years, will officially join Wilson on July 1. She served as director of athletics at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., from 2008 to 2018 and in the same position at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, from 2002 to 2007.
“Tina Hill brings a tremendous amount of leadership and experience,” said Wilson President Wesley R. Fugate. “She has successfully helped grow athletics programs and has the strategic mindset to build upon the strong foundation Lori Frey established during her tenure. We are thankful to Lori for her years in service to the student-athlete experience and are fortunate that she will continue to support Wilson students in the classroom.”
Hill was chosen from among a pool of more than 30 applicants for the athletics director position, according to Wilson Vice President for Student Development Mary Beth Williams. “It was a highly competitive search process,” said Williams, who oversees the athletics program. “I am thrilled to announce Tina Hill as our new director of intercollegiate athletics.”
The director of intercollegiate athletics at Wilson provides vision and leadership for athletics to ensure program effectiveness, improvement, accountability and success, with the goal of providing a broad, balanced athletics program that supports the College’s overall mission and goals.
In the position, Hill will be responsible for supervising Wilson’s 11 sports, both within the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and the NCAA, as well as facilities management, compliance, fiscal management, communications, recreation and sports medicine and performs other related duties required for directing a NCAA Division III sports program and recreation and fitness programs and venues.
Hill has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Richmond.
Frey, who has spent virtually her entire career at Wilson−including serving as director of athletics since 1988−will continue at the College as professor of physical education. “Lori Frey approached college administration last fall and expressed a desire to return to the classroom full time,” Williams said. “With all the great work she has accomplished as athletics director, we knew it would be difficult to find a successor with as much passion for our students and our intercollegiate programs.”
During her tenure at Wilson, Frey−who was a department of one when she started at Wilson in 1988−has overseen tremendous change and unprecedented growth in Wilson’s athletics program. Growth skyrocketed when the College went coed in 2013 and, under Frey’s direction, the athletics department began building a men’s program from the ground up.
In 2013, Wilson had 53 student-athletes and by 2019-20, the College had 173 student-athletes participating in 10 sports: women’s soccer, softball, field hockey, basketball, volleyball and in spring 2021, lacrosse, and men’s soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball and golf.
Fugate said he is confident that the progress in Wilson’s athletics program will continue under Hill. “With our team in athletics, I am excited to see Phoenix athletics flourish within the CSAC and in NCAA Division III, while providing outstanding opportunities for our student-athletes,” he said.
Founded in 1869 and located in Chambersburg, Pa., Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 35 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities, accountancy, management, nursing, fine arts and more. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation. The College had a fall 2019 enrollment of 1,620. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.
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