|Position:||Diving Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Southern Connecticut State|
Chris Hamilton is entering his 18th season as head coach of the Dartmouth men's and women's diving programs in 2017-18.
In 2016-17, AJ Krok competed in the A final on the 1-meter board at the Ivy League Championship, finishing in sixth place and earning 24 points toward the team's total. During his first showing at Ivies, Ray Neistat placed 11th in the B final, improving by over 20 points from prelims. On 3-meter, Taylor Clough took fourth and Krok was sixth in the A final, improving on their performances from the day before and earning a combined total of 50 points. This is the second time in two years that two Dartmouth divers finished in the top eight. On the women's side, Allison Green, Maggie Pionzio and Allegra Codamon all competed on 1-meter, with Green finishing highest in 19th. On 3-meter, Green was 18th and Pionzio was 20th.
At the Ivy League Championship in 2015-16, Brett Gillis placed fifth on 1-meter and seventh on 3-meter, earning 48 points towards the team total. AJ Krok took seventh on 1-meter and 10th on 3-meter, moving up five places and improving by over 50 points from prelims to consolation finals. Also competing at Ivies for the first time, Green was 12th on the 1-meter board, earning 15 points. At the end of the meet, Gillis was named the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver for accumuluating 189 points during his four years, which is the most of any senior diver at the meet. All three divers competed on both boards at the NCAA Zone Championship. In April of 2015, Hamilton was inducted into the Maine Hall of Fame for his accomplishments both on the diving board and on the coaching side of things.
While at Dartmouth, Hamilton has established one of the top diving programs in the Ivy League. In the past 15 years, he has had 28 different divers qualify for NCAA Zone Championships. At the 2015 championship, Brett Gillis represented Dartmouth with his 23rd-place finish in the preliminary round on the 1-meter board (259.05) and a 17th-place finish in the finals on 3-meter (610.90).
On Hamilton's list of accomplishments: during the 2013-14 season, Gillis broke two Mike Brown records that had held since 1970: 3-meter (377.55) against Columbia and 1-meter (361.15) at the Ivy League Championship. In 2010-11, Kate Feng placed 4th and 7th at Ivy League Championships and then went on to NCAA zone championships and placed 7th on three meter. Along with Katie, Erica Serpico won the 2010 Ivy Championship on the one-meter dive, earning first team All-Ivy honors as the Big Green's first champion since 1999.
Among the 28 divers who have qualified for NCAA zones under Hamilton's tutelage, there have been 27 Academic All-America honorable mention performances. Hamilton has also coached both men's and women's record holders. On Dartmouth's all-time top 10 list, his divers hold 35 records. During the 2013-14 season, Gillis broke two Mike Brown records that had held since 1970: 3-meter (377.55) against Columbia and 1-meter (361.15) at the Ivy League Championship.
Hamilton has more than 20 years of coaching experience, having assisted for many years at the college level prior to Dartmouth. In New Haven, Conn., Hamilton coached at Albertus Magnus before moving on to Southern Connecticut State in 1996-97, where he coached six Division II All-America divers and one national champion. Hamilton was the head swimming and diving coach (1993-96) at Foran High School in Milford, Conn., and the girls' diving coach (1997) at Wilton (Conn.) High School.
Before coming to Dartmouth, Hamilton was an assistant diving coach at Brandon (Fla.) Swim and Tennis Club, where he worked with the U.S. diving and summer camp divers. One of the divers he worked with is the 2005 NCAA Champion and Olympic Diver, Chris Colwill of Georgia. The summers from 2004 to 2006 summers he has worked at the University of Texas Longhorn diving camp.
A 1995 graduate from Southern Connecticut State, Hamilton was an accomplished collegiate diver. In 1993, Hamilton was National Champion in the 1-meter and was named Division II "National Diver of the Year". He was a five time Division II All-America selection his final three years. He was named "New England Division I and II Diver of the Year" in 1993 and was also the New England Division I and II 3-meter champion in 1991 and 1993.
Before college, Hamilton was also an accomplished athlete in three sports. He was the Maine Class A State Diving Champion 1984 thru 1987. He also was an 1986 All-State ADIDAS All-American Honorable mention Linebacker and played on the 1985 Perfect season 20-0 Class A Baseball State Championship team at Bangor High School.
Hamilton has an undergraduate degree in human performance and earned a master's degree in education from New Haven in 1998. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in White River Junction, Vt. with their children Tyler, Kyle and Caroline.