Josh Hill enters his second year as the Davis & Elkins Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations.
He began his time at D&E after being hired in mid-July in 2019. Hill, who will oversee all strategic communication efforts for the Senators, arrives in Elkins following a stint as the Assistant Director for Athletic Communications at Gannon University of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
As part of his day-to-day duties at Gannon, Hill served as the primary contact for the school’s volleyball, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s water polo, women’s basketball and baseball programs, helping oversee the promotion and publicity of over 160 student-athletes. He was responsible for website maintenance of the newly designed gannonsports.com, nominating athletes for conference and national awards, the collection and reporting of statistics and other promotional materials for the department. He worked as the athletic department’s primary graphic designer and social media coordinator, implementing a comprehensive strategy tailored toward a consistent graphical look and an increase in creative video.
Prior to his stay in Erie, where he earned the 2018-19 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo West Region SID of the Year award, Hill worked for two years at Frostburg State from 2016-2018. Helping the Bobcats through the NCAA Division II three-year membership process and formal acceptance into the Mountain East last summer, Hill’s daily responsibilities included media guide production, game program designs, statistics and photography.
The Homer City, Pa. native served as the primary media contact for the Frostburg State baseball, women’s basketball and volleyball teams. He helped coordinate all media efforts for the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Volleyball Championship, an event which saw seven postseason matches take place at Bobcat Arena over a two-day span.
In 2016, Hill completed a video production internship at ROOT Sports Pittsburgh (now AT&T SportsNet), the regional sports network affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pirates, where he assisted in video content and highlights for the network’s live pregame and postgame shows. He also worked as a production assistant with FOX Sports for the 2016 United States Open held at Oakmont Country Club.
Hill worked as the lead broadcaster and producer for the Crimson Hawk Sports Network, an award-winning network run by the IUP Department of Communications Media, throughout his undergraduate career. He was responsible for the scripting and execution of all pregame shows, game commentary, video highlights, promotional materials and oversight of student production assistants.
He joined the IUP athletics department as a student work-study from 2013-16 in addition to his time with the IUP athletics communications office, where his primary task was to assist in the rebrand of the IUP Athletics social media presence on Twitter. Hill aided in the creation of the IUP football media guide, hosted The Big Hit, a weekly in-studio sports television show that aired on IUP-TV, and served as the beat writer for the IUP football team.
Hill graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in communications media and a minor in sports management. He later earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary education with a focus in business administration from Frostburg State in May 2018.