W. Mack Hill
W. Mack Hill
Title: Class of 2011

W. Mack Hill is perhaps best known as a math professor, with a 31 year tenure at Worcester State, but he also contributed greatly to the Athletics Department as an advocate and as one of its first sports information directors.

Once he settled into his role as an assistant professor in 1972, Mack volunteered to become a member of the Athletics Council. Because the cheerleaders were not formerly recognized as an organization at the time, he became the founding advisor for the pep squad, who cheered during most home football and basketball games at home. A small group that included his wife Deanne, took great pleasure in making the uniforms for the cheerleaders so they could also root for the Lancer ice hockey players during games at an off-campus rink.

In 1977, Mack took over the role as a part-time sports information director from Paul Joseph, who had relinquished his SID duties to become the director of the Student Center. “Mack was always there for all the games, both home and away. He formalized the SID files and did a first-class job. He really had a zeal for the job,” Paul noted.

Mack walked away from the sports information office for good in 1981, but rejoined the Athletic Council, eventually serving as its chairman. He was also the University’s NCAA faculty representative for 10 years.

Although he retired as a professor emeritus of Mathematics in 2003, Mack still attends athletic events and with his wife Deanne, attends every home basketball game that he is able.

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