Bert Hill is in his fifth season on the Hilltop as SMU's defensive line coach, coming to SMU after spending two seasons as a strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins.
The 2011 season saw four SMU linemen - Taylor Thompson (first-team), Marquis Frazier (second-team), Margus Hunt (honorable mention) and Torlan Pittman (honorable mention) - earn All-Conference accolades. The season was capped off with a BBVA Compass Bowl win that saw the Mustangs limit Pitt to just 10 rushing yards and a Bowl-record-low six points.
In 2010, Hill guided SMU defensive end Taylor Thompson to first-team All-Conference USA honors and assisted on a defense that ended the year ranked 40th in the nation.
From 2001 until 2005, Hill worked in private business in Dallas and co-authored several books on the discipline of strength and conditioning.
From 1990-2000, Hill was on the staff of the Detroit Lions. During his first eight years with the club, he served as strength and conditioning/assistant defensive line coach. From 1998-2000, he was strength and conditioning/assistant offensive line coach. Hill joined the Lions following a one-year stop (1989) as strength and conditioning coach at Texas A&M, his second tour of duty at the College Station school, having served in the same capacity there from 1983-87. While Hill was on the staff, the Aggies won three straight Southwest Conference titles (1985-87). His two Aggie stints were split by a one-year stop at Ohio State (1988) as strength and conditioning coach.
Hill got his start in the coaching profession as assistant defensive line/assistant strength coach at Nicholls State in 1981. That preceded a one-year stint as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Auburn in 1982.
Hill played linebacker at Marion (Ala.) Military Institute Junior College from 1976-77 and at Wichita State in 1978. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Auburn-Montgomery in 1980 and master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in strength physiology from Auburn in 1982.