Tom Hill
Personal information
Full nameThomas Lionel Hill
BornNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
November 17, 1949 (1949-11-17) (age 74)
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Munich 110 metre hurdles

Thomas Lionel "Tom" Hill (born November 17, 1949, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former athlete, who mainly competed in the 110 metre hurdles.

Competitive career

Hill was among the world's best high hurdlers in the early 1970s and ranked as the number one in the event in the world in 1970. He was on the June 1970 cover of Track and Field News.[1] He competed for the United States in the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany, where he won the bronze medal in the men's 110 metre hurdles event.

Hill ran track for Arkansas State University where his best finish at the NCAA Championships was a second place in 1972.[2] He was the 1970 NCAA Indoor Champion for 60 yard hurdles.

After graduating, Hill completed his ROTC active duty obligation serving as assistant track coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point while still competing in the hurdles.

Hill was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.[3][4]


Hill was ranked among the top ten runners in his event in the world and the extremely competitive US by Track and Field News on numerous occasions and as the world's best high hurdler in 1970:[5][6]

Year World rank US rank
1969 - 10th
1970 1st 1st
1972 3rd 2nd
1973 2nd 2nd
1976 6th 5th

Post-competitive career

Following his retirement from the sport, Hill has pursued a career in athletic and academic administration. He earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida and served as assistant athletic director at both Tulane University and University of Oklahoma. He later served as dean of students at Florida before moving to Iowa State University where he served as vice president for Student Affairs.[7][8]

Hill's son Thomas was an all-star basketball player at Duke University in the 1990s including the 1991 and 1992 NCAA Championship teams.

Sporting positions Preceded by Willie Davenport Leon Coleman Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance 1970 Succeeded by Rodney Milburn


  1. ^ "Past Covers 1970". Archived from the original on April 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Thomas Lionel "Tom" Hill". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Recipients". ASU Alumni Association. Archived from the original on June 11, 2007.
  4. ^ "ASHOF Inductee Database". Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007.
  5. ^ "U.S. Rankings Index — Men's 110 Hurdles" (PDF). Track & Field News. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2008.
  6. ^ "World Rankings Index — Men's 110 Hurdles" (PDF). Track & Field News. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 13, 2005.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Division Cabinet Members: Thomas L. Hill". Iowa State University, Division of Student Affairs. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012.