York College Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia is proud to announce that Kaitlyn Hamilton has been named the eighth field hockey coach in program history. She replaces Carly Zinn who left the program in May to return to Dickinson College as the head coach.
Hamilton comes to the Spartan program after a highly successful six-year stint as the lead assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College. The Diplomats have accumulated an impressive record of 97-22 during Hamilton's time on the bench. F&M has won two of the last three Centennial Conference regular season titles, won the 2012 Centennial Conference tournament championship and earned the Centennial Conference regular season championships and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in both 2011 and 2014.
Saikia is pleased to have attracted a coach with Hamilton's experience.
"We are truly excited to have Kaitlyn joining our staff," says Saikia. "We had the good fortune of attracting a very strong pool of candidates, but ultimately decided that Coach Hamilton was the best fit for York College and our field hockey program. In addition to bringing an incredibly strong background of success as a player at DIII field hockey power, William Smith, and as a coach in F&M's outstanding program, her values, her enthusiasm, her drive, and her passion for field hockey are exactly what we were looking for. Our program is on a great path. I think Kaitlyn has a great opportunity here as she joins the head coaching ranks. It will be exciting for all of us."
Hamilton is excited to take the helm of the Spartan program.
"I am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of York College and the Spartan Athletic Department," says Hamilton. "I want to thank Paul Saikia, the search committee, and the administration for entrusting me to take over the field hockey program. I am looking forward to working along side a great group of coaches and administrators."
Hamilton brings extensive playing and coaching experience with her to York. In addition to her stint at F&M, Hamilton was a four-year letter winner at William Smith College. She gained honors as a two-time winner of William Smith's Charles P. Boswell II '50 Field Hockey Award, assisted in capturing two Liberty League Championships, and scored two goals in Division III NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Hamilton was named Second Team All-American as a sophomore and third team as a senior. From 2007 through 2009, Hamilton was named to the NFHCA All-Region First Team and Liberty League First Team. She was also coined Liberty League Rookie of the Year.
Hamilton was also very involved in the William Smith athletic department as she worked in the Athletic Communications office, assisting in the day-to-day operations of the office.
Hamilton welcomes back a very large core from a Spartan team that went 10-9 in 2015. Returning All-American Ali Posey leads a strong contingent of Spartan returners as York welcomes back all five of their top scorers from 2015.
"I am eager to start working with a great group of student-athletes that are both highly motivated and passionate," says Hamilton. "My goal is to continue to build a culture of excellence and success that will allow York field hockey to reach new heights."
Hamilton will start her tenure on June 1.