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UK hires new assistant strength coach

Kentucky football has hired a new assistant coach of the strength and conditioning program.

Mark Hill, who has been at Indiana since 2011, will make $200,000 a year, per his newly signed contract with UK. As with most support staff, Hill has a one-year deal that ends on June 30, 2017.

Hill’s salary is only $4,000 less than that of UK’s head strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond, but terms of his contract, which expires on June 30, could be altered soon. Hill replaces Tony Sandoval, UK’s assistant strength and conditioning coach last year.

Hill was a three-year starting wide receiver for Chattanooga, leading the Mocs and finishing second in the league in receiving. The All-Southern Conference finished his career with 100 catches for 1,329 yards.

Hill was an associate director of performance enhancement at Arizona from 2004-06. UK head coach Mark Stoops was defensive coordinator there from 2004-09. Hill also was assistant strength and conditioning director at Oklahoma from 2000-03.