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Madison West announced that Torrance Hill has accepted the job as director of athletics and school operations.

Hill will begin his duties July 6.

He has 14 years of athletic administration experience, most recently at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C. and for the District of Columbia public schools, according to West's announcement to Regents' parents. 

Prior to that, he was Aiken High School athletic director in Cincinnati, Ohio, and assistant athletic director and women’s basketball coach at Wilberforce University in Dayton, Ohio. He also has coached high school basketball and track and field.

Hill has a master’s degree in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

According to the West release, Hill’s professional career has demonstrated a track record for building strong athletic programs through fundraising and recruitment of students and coaches and building relationships with students, which has increased participation in athletics where he was worked and the number of students securing scholarships to NCAA Division I and II schools.

Jeremy Thornton has served as West's interim athletic director much of this school year.

In November, Madison West named Eric Bertun as interim athletic director and Thornton as assistant to the athletic director with a permanent athletic director expected to be hired in the spring to replace Chuck Seils, who resigned Oct. 31.

In January, it was reported that Madison West shifted roles and responsibilities in its athletic department after examining individuals’ strengths.

Thornton took a more predominant role in the day-to-day operations, Jeremy Schlitz, who is the Madison Memorial athletic director and the Madison school district athletic director, said at that time.

Thornton was the contact for parents, coaches, students and people in the community.

Bertun continued to work with scheduling duties, online communication and the assigning of district officials.

Seils, who had been athletics and activities director at Beloit Memorial, was named the athletic director at Madison West in June. West decided to seek another athletic director in early May when it let go Sandy Botham from that role.

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