adidas mens running shoes Jason Hamilton Named ECU Women’s Soccer Head Coach
“I want to start off by thanking Jeff and Cathy Compher as well as Shelley Binegar for making my wife and I feel so welcome in Greenville,” Hamilton said. “Every single person I met on the search committee or during the process made this an easy decision for me. Who you work for and work with mean so much to me. The passion for East Carolina University that each person portrayed showed me how special of a place this is. I cannot wait to hit the ground running in January and couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. Go Pirates!”
ECU will be Hamilton’s second head coaching position at the NCAA Division I level after guiding Troy (Ala.) University to a 37 19 5 record from 2014 to 2016. The Trojans set a program single season record for wins with a 16 6 mark and a Sunbelt Conference Tournament runner up finish in 2014, his first year at the helm. From 2014 15, his Trojans ranked among the top 20 in defense and earned back to back top 100 RPI rankings.
Hamilton began his collegiate coaching career at University of Miami (Fla.), where he served as the Hurricanes’ assistant coach from 2011 2013. During his time at UM, the Canes appeared in back to back NCAA Tournaments in 2011 and 2012, and earned the highest GPA in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and highest in program history, in 2011.
He left Miami for the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) where he was an assistant coach in 2013. While with the Breakers, he coached NWSL Best XI Player Sydney Leroux and Second XI Player Lianne Sanderson.
Hamilton joined the University of Florida in 2013 where he helped the Gators to a SEC regular season championship and a NCAA Tournament second round appearance. While in Gainesville, he created and implemented a curriculum for UF’s goalkeepers, while overseeing the team’s defense that set program records in shutouts (13) and goals against average (0.61).
As a player, Hamilton was a midfielder for Macomb College in Clinton Charter Township, Mich. The team advanced to the 2000 NJCAA Final Four with Hamilton earning a spot on the NJCAA Final Four All Tournament Team. He was also an All Conference First Team and All Region Team selection.
Hamilton transferred to the University of Detroit Mercy and played goalkeeper during his sophomore and junior seasons. As a senior, Hamilton moved back onto the field and was a captain.
After graduation, Hamilton spent three seasons with the Windsor Border Stars in the Canadian Professional Soccer League and captured two Canada Cup titles.
Hamilton earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Detroit Mercy in 2005. He also has several diplomas and licenses from the NSCAA, the United States Soccer Federation and the United States Sports Academy.