In January, Hill’s Associate Director of Athletics, Jeff Hollway, announced that he had accepted a position as Director of Athletics at Kent Denver School in Denver, Colorado, effective July 1. To replace Hollway, Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg did not have to look far to find two highly qualified individuals who will assume new roles within The Hill Athletic Department next year. Mo Gaitán has been promoted to Associate Director of Athletics, and Steve Notebaert will transition into a new role as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Performance.
“We are excited for Jeff’s next step to direct the Kent Denver athletic program and we will miss his leadership and enthusiastic presence. Luckily, we are fortunate to have talented members within our athletic department who are eager to assume more leadership,” Eilberg said. “Mo and Steve have each made a tremendous impact on The Hill Community since their arrivals in Pottstown. I am excited to partner with them in our ongoing efforts to provide our student-athletes a premier independent school athletic experience and to support our coaches in every possible way.”
Prior to her 2018 arrival at The Hill, Gaitán was the head women’s lacrosse coach at Concordia University in Minnesota, where she was the first head coach in program history. For the past two years, she has been the Assistant Director of Athletics and head girls’ lacrosse coach at Hill; in the athletic department, she has overseen the scheduling and support of several teams and she has built a first-in-class student-athlete leadership curriculum in which she works closely with team captains, and she serves as the Mid-Atlantic Prep League’s secretary. During her first season as head lacrosse coach in 2019, Gaitan led Hill to a second-place finish in the MAPL.
The biggest addition to Gaitan’s day-to-day task list is directing the daily operation of Hill’s athletics and co-curricular program. She will continue programmatic scheduling and support and remains the head girls’ lacrosse coach.
Notebaert was hired as the School’s first full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2016 having previously been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Mount Saint Mary’s University. In his four years at Hill, Notebaert has overseen a renovation of the School’s fitness center; restructured the Strength and Conditioning program, including the introduction of the online Team Builder platform in which workouts for individuals or teams can be accessed electronically; and most in-season varsity teams utilize Notebaert throughout the season.
In his new role, Notebaert will continue to oversee the Strength and Conditioning program while assuming new responsibilities such as helping every Hill student build a plan for health and wellness and athletic development; ensuring all Hill teams have the proper equipment and gear; and he will be responsible for scheduling and support of the School’s ice hockey teams.