Bert Hill is in his seventh season on the Hilltop as SMU's defensive line coach, coming to SMU after spending two seasons as strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins.
After losing Margus Hunt to the NFL Draft, Hill again had to reset the SMU defensive line in 2013 and fared well, using Beau Barnes, Darrian Wright and Zach Wood to anchor the Mustang front.
Despite losing a starter to the NFL (Taylor Thompson), Hill's line was great in 2012, as the SMU defense ranked 15th nationally against the run and two of his three starters - Margus Hunt and Torlan Pittman - earned All-C-USA honors.
The 2011 season saw four SMU linemen - Thompson (first-team), Frazier (second-team), Hunt (honorable mention) and 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 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.
Hill and his wife, Beata, reside in Dallas.