Jeff Hamilton Named Coach of the Year
Men’s Varsity Tennis Coach Since 1987 Receives NCAA Recognition for 22-2 SeasonBy Roger Crosley
DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION
MIT men’s tennis coach Jeff Hamilton has been named the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Hamilton led MIT to its best men’s tennis season ever as the Engineers posted a 22-2 mark and advanced to the final eight in the NCAA Division III Tournament before bowing out to perennial power University of California Santa Cruz.
Hamilton began his MIT coaching career in 1987 following a stint at Dartmouth College as assistant men’s tennis and squash coach. Success has been constant for Hamilton as he has fashioned a 142-102 record (.582), including a school record 22-2 mark this season, against some of the finest competition college tennis can offer.
In his 13 years at MIT, Hamilton’s teams have qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship five times, including this season. The Engineers were ranked 21st nationally in Division III entering this year’s campaign and advanced to the national quarterfinals. MIT showed the greatest improvement in the ITA rankings of any Division III college in the country in the 2000 season.
During his tenure Hamilton has produced nine All-Americas, a national championship doubles team, a New England Division III Championship, and the best national rankings in the history of the program, including the Institute’s first appearance in the final eight. Hamilton has been the only Men’s Tennis Coach to receive the Coach of the Year award in the history of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, and he is a three-time coach of the year recipient in the now defunct Constitution Athletic Conference.
In addition to his MIT responsibilities, Hamilton has been very active administratively in collegiate tennis. He has been a member of the NCAA Division III Ranking Committee and has held several regional ITA committee positions. Hamilton continues to play competitively, and he and his daughter Caroline have achieved a top 10 national ranking in father/daughter tennis.
A 1971 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a major in English, Hamilton currently directs the MIT Nike Summer Tennis Camp.