While at Dartmouth, Hamilton has established
one of the top diving programs in the Ivy League. In the past 13 years he has
had 21 different divers qualify for NCAA Zone Championships. 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 21 divers who have qualified for NCAA zones under Hamilton's
tutelage, there have been 24 Academic All-America honorable mention
performances. Hamilton has also coached both men's and women's record holders
(Danielle Fritze both 1 and 3-meter and Andrew Berry 1-meter and pool record
holder Erica Serpico). On Dartmouth's all-time top 10 list, his divers hold 33
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 Chris was also an
accomplished athlete in three sports. Chris 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.