Drew Hill enters his eighth season as the head men's rowing coach at Saint Joseph's University in 2009-10. During his tenure, Hill has led the team to remarkable success, especially in the Dad Vail Regatta. He guided his team to three first-place finishes (2003, 2005, 2006) and a second-place (2004) finish in the overall team competition for the Dad Vail Regatta Men's Point Trophy. Hill's successes, combined with the SJU women's rowing squad, saw the teams capturing the Bratton Trophy, given to the overall points champion, in 2005 and 2006.
Under Hill, the SJU men have picked up seven gold, five silver, and four bronze medals at Dad Vails. Hill has also led SJU back into national contention by qualifying 10 boats for the IRA National Championship Regatta in each his first six seasons, with the Varsity Four making the IRA Grand Final and placing fourth in the country in 2004 and returning to finish sixth in 2005. In 2006, the Hawks qualified five crews for the IRA Regatta, while qualifying two more in 2007.
Hill joined the collegiate coaching ranks in the spring of 2002 working as an assistant coach for SJU after spending four years at his high school alma mater, St. Joseph's Prep. He served as The Prep's novice coach in 1998 and 1999 and as an assistant varsity coach from 1999-2001. Working mostly with the program's Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four boats, his crews went on to capture three SRA National titles and three Stotesbury championships, as well as five city and Catholic League titles.
A 1974 SJU grad, Hill was a four-year rower for the Crimson and Gray and a member of the school's talented crews of the early 1970s. He earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1976 and had successful careers in the automobile industry as founder of Devon Hill BMW & Volkswagen and in real estate development before turning his attention to coaching.
Hill and his wife Loretta, are 1974 and 1975 graduates, respectively, from Saint Joseph's and reside in Devon, Pa. They have seven children and two grandchildren.