Tom Hill to present in sports speaker series

From on the ice to behind the podium

Hill was co-captain of the 2012 Frozen Four Ferris Hockey team and is now director of Hockey Operations at Miami of Ohio.
Hill was co-captain of the 2012 Frozen Four Ferris Hockey team and is now director of Hockey Operations at Miami of Ohio. FSU Photo Services
If you are a Ferris Hockey fan, there is an event coming up this Wednesday to mark on your calendars.

Director of Hockey Operations for the Miami Redhawks and past captain of the 2012 Ferris NCAA Finals hockey team Tom Hill will be speaking in a presentation, to wrap up the Sports Speaker Series of 2015.

“This semester we had three other guest speakers. Each semester we shoot for four guest speakers,” said Nathan Wells, Student Game Day Manager.

“Tom will share how he got connected with the Sports Communication program: completing the keystone course- COMM 389 Sports Communication, how he pursued the Masters in Sport Studies at Miami on the advice of his coach Bob Daniels and his academic adviser, myself (we both wrote recommendations), and has moved from a Master’s student teaching skating to a Master’s candidate as Director of Hockey Operations at Miami of Ohio – a premiere DI men’s hockey program,” said Dr. Sandy Alspach, professor of communication.

“Tom represents the best of Ferris hockey on two fronts: he served as co-captain of his team during a national championship run, and he has gone on to contribute in the field of men’s ice hockey in his graduate studies,” said Alspach. “He is also a representative of the sports communication program, showing that a student with minor in this area can maximize his or her academic experience to forward his career.”

“Tom, being alumni of Ferris State and co-captain of the frozen four team we thought would be an exciting speaker. It reaches to an audience of not just people that want to work in sports, but to people who enjoy sports and are fans of Ferris sports as well,” said Wells on the presentation.

“We hope that attendees will take away how a person’s passion for his or her sport can be operationalized into a career in the field using the best combination of Ferris academic opportunities,” said Alspach.

The general expected outcome for this event is between 20 and 100 people, but both Alspach and Wells hope for a great turnout on Wednesday night.

The free presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. located in IRC 120.

Ferris Hockey coach Bob Daniels will be introducing Tom, and there will be a photo opportunity after the presentation with Tom and the second place national championship trophy.

“We are thrilled to host our first Sports Speakers Series feature speaker who has achieved an academic credential in Sports Communication from Ferris,” said Alspach. “I can think of no better example of what we promote as a Sports Communication graduate, whether at the major or minor level, than Tom Hill.”