Kristin Hill Joins Boise State Athletics to Begin Women's Swimming and Diving


BOISE, Idaho - Kristin Hill has been named the head coach for women's swimming and diving at Boise State University. Gene Bleymaier, Boise State Director of Athletics, made the announcement today (June 27, 2006). Hill, a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and most recently an assistant coach at nationally ranked Texas A&M, will begin her duties immediately. Boise State women's swimming and diving will begin its historic first season this fall. The team will compete in the Western Athletic Conference.

"I am very thankful to Gene Bleymaier and Boise State athletics for this amazing opportunity to coach the new Boise State Swimming and Diving program.” Hill said, “Boise is a fantastic city, the campus is beautiful, and the athletic department is really committed to success in all areas, which is important. I am excited to return to the northwest and get this program started off on the right foot."

Hill has served as an assistant women's swimming coach at Texas A&M in College Station from 2000 through 2006. In those six seasons, she has worked in all aspects of coaching at the Aggie program, including recruiting, program budgeting, and coordinating team travel, as well as providing technical coaching and dry-land training.

She helped the Aggies to their highest dual meet ranking of eighth this past season and an 11th place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Hill has coached 17 All-Americans, nine Academic All-Americans and one USA Swimming National Champion at Texas A&M. Over her six years at Texas A&M, the Aggie women posted a dual meet record of 53-18, the top record over a six year span in school history.

Before arriving in College Station, Hill was the head men's and women's swimming and diving coach at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., for three seasons (1997-2000). During the 1999-00 season, the teams set 22 team records and she coached one honorable mention All-American. While serving as the head men's and women's swimming coach at the Colorado School of Mines, she was also the assistant director of admissions for the university from 1998 through 2000.

She has coached U.S. Olympic Trial qualifiers and Canadian national team members. She also gained international coaching experience in 2005 as she was a member of the Estonian National Team coaching staff at the European Championships in Italy.

"I am very pleased that Kristin is now a Bronco." said Bleymaier, "She has the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to begin and build the Bronco swimming and diving program. With her expertise and direction and the athletic department's commitment to excellence, I know that the program will succeed."

Hill swam for the University of Puget Sound from 1990 through 1994 where she qualified for the NAIA National Championships all four seasons and was a 25-time NAIA All-American. She graduated “cum laude” with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Puget Sound in 1994. She received her Masters degree in Exercise Science from the University of Colorado in 1997.

Hill grew up swimming in the northwest, training and competing with the Bellevue Club (Bellevue, WA) and Chinook Aquatic Club (Mercer Island, WA).

(NOTE - One may contact coach Hill at kristinhill@boisestate.edu)