Robert Hill grew up in the Hot Springs / Malvern, Arkansas area, graduating from Magnet Cove High School in 1979. He joined the U.S. Army in 1982 and served for 20 years as a Morse operator, Russian and Arabic linguist, and First Sergeant before retiring in 2003 to become a middle school teacher. He has taught students from ages 10 to 65, including at the junior college level. In addition to Arkansas, Coach Hill has lived in Massachusetts, Hawaii, California, Louisiana, Texas, Germany, Bosnia, and Korea; and traveled in 18 other countries. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College and a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Middle School Mathematics from Walden University. Coach Hill is also an Associate Trainer for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, Hayden Lake, Idaho, conducting training on the "Time To Teach" classroom and behavior management model.
Coach Hill is also a runner. He started running at age 14 and has run every day since January 12th, 2008 without a day off. He is currently ranked number 187 on the Streak Runners International Official USA Active Running Streak List.