Mary Alice Hill, Sports Pioneer: First Accomplishments as a Woman in College Athletics
- Mary A. Hill was given the title “Director of Women’s Athletics” at Colorado State University in 1972. This was the first year of the implementation of Title IX that required equal rights for women in sports, so it was the first time that women were given this new professional title. Inspirational Speakers
- Under Ms. Hill’s team leadership and due to Title IX, for the first time in US history, women were awarded Athletic Scholarships at Colorado State University in 1973. A monumental achievement that would forever alter the future of women in collegiate sports. Inspirational Speakers
- In 1973 and 1974 at Colorado State University Ms. Hill was a Track and Field coach who coached two Olympians who broke several American records in both Indoor and Outdoor events. Her Cross Country team placed second in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women AIAW Championships. This was the first time in the history of Colorado State University that a men’s or women’s team placed that high, broke American records, AND had Olympians on their teams.
- Ms. Hill filed and won a Title IX sex discrimination lawsuit against Colorado State University. This became a landmark case that set new standards for women throughout the United States. To this day, compliance officers review campuses to make sure campuses are in compliance with Title IX.
- Under Ms. Hill’s direction, the first Athletic Scholarships for women were presented in 1976 at San Diego State University. The future for women in sports would never be the same. Women Inspirational Motivational Speakers
- Ms. Hill is the first female in US history to be appointed Associate Athletic Director for both Men and Women at a Division 1A University, at San Diego State University, in 1978. Women Inspirational Motivational Speakers
- Ms. Hill was a founding member of The Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, which was formed in 1979, amid gender equity conflicts. The name was changed in 1992 to the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.
- Ms. Hill initiated a meeting with Walter Byers, Executive Director of the NCAA, National Collegiate Athletic Association, in 1980, to encourage the NCAA to offer opportunities to women in their 75 year male- dominated organization. Her historic meeting was successful and the NCAA would go on to include women.
- In large part because of Ms. Hill’s undying determination, the NCAA membership voted to bring women into the organization in 1981. The first Championships were held in 1982, which opened the door for women to finally have scholarships like their male colleagues. Events for women were televised for the first time ever under the guidance of the NCAA. In 1982, women in the United States began to have same opportunities as the men have had for 75 years, since 1907.
- Ms. Hill authored a Gender Equity Policy Procedures Manual at San Diego State University for the Men’s and Women’s Athletic Department. This single original manual ended up serving as a guide for many national colleges and Universities – as Women’s Athletics were merged with the Men’s Athletic Departments.
- In 1982, Ms. Hill developed a Drug and Alcohol Education Program with the assistance of the McDonald Center (Substance Abuse Treatment Program). This was introduced as a pilot program for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to Colleges and Universities.
- In 1983, a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program was developed with the assistance of the McDonald Center. This was introduced as a pilot program for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to Colleges and Universities across the nation.
- In 1983, Ms. Hill was nominated from the floor of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the position of (NCAA) Council Member and won. This had never happened before and has not happened since. This was the first year that women had equal representation in this 75-year-old organization.
- Ms. Hill approved – for the first time – salary increases that would provide equal pay for the Coaches of the Women’s Athletic Program at San Diego State University. Women Inspirational Motivational Speakers
- Ms. Hill was appointed Director of Athletics for Men and Women at San Diego State University – a Division 1A NCAA University. This would be 10 years prior to any other woman being appointed Director of Athletics at a Division 1A NCAA Institution.
- Ms. Hill served as President of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) men’s conference. This was the first time a woman Athletic Director ever represented a member school within the WAC. Ms. Hill proudly served as President of this all-male Conference.
- Ms. Hill was appointed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to serve as Chairperson for the Women’s Track and Field Committee to assist in the merger of the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Programs. Ironically, the first meeting for the combined committee was held at the Playboy Resort in Wisconsin.
- Another important first is that in 1985 Ms. Hill was the first woman to ever be fired as Director of Athletics, at San Diego State University. Sadly, never again would she work in Collegiate athletics.
- The number one Sports news story of the year in 1985 in San Diego was Ms. Hill’s termination at San Diego State University.
- After a career re-orientation in 1990, Ms. Hill was appointed Director, Recreation Division, Marine Corp Base, Camp Pendleton. She is the first woman and first civilian to ever serve in this position. She tells the story that when she got the job during her interview, her superior responded to concerned colleagues that “When Jesus Christ walks in the door for a job, you don’t say no.” Women Inspirational Motivational Speakers
- Ms. Hill founded “Operation Desert Shield – Support Walk” in 1992 to support our military families. The introduction of this historic walk was at a Padres Baseball game in San Diego. Motivational Speakers…
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