Don’t forget to cast your vote for Coach Eric Hamilton ’75 for the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. Vote now at www.coachoftheyear.com once per day through December 4 to break Coach Hamilton into the top 15 to qualify as a semifinalist!
Launched in 2006, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes coaches who best exemplify responsibility and excellence on and off the field of play. Each winning coach (one each from Divisions IA, IAA, II, and III) will receive $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to support his civic and charitable activities, as well as $20,000 to the school’s alumni association. Coach Hamilton is competing against his colleagues in Division III.
Hamilton is in his 34th season as head coach of TCNJ’s football team, and has been the face of the Lions’ football program since he earned All-American honors as an offensive center in 1974. He has a career record of 196-130-6, and currently ranks third in the nation amongst active Division III coaches in career wins.
During his tenure as head coach, the Lions have advanced to seven postseason appearances in the ECAC and the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. TCNJ enjoyed NCAA tournament appearances in 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2007, while garnering ECAC tournament bids in 1995 and 2003. The Lions posted their first NCAA tournament victory in 1990 when they defeated Ithaca College 24-14.
Hamilton has led the Lions football program to 21 winning seasons and eight conference championships (two as a member of the New Jersey State Athletic Conference and six in the New Jersey Athletic Conference). The first in school history came in 1980 when his squad compiled an 8-1-1 record. They added conference titles in 1983, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2007. To date, Hamilton has produced 21 All-American performers (three Kodak/AFCA All-American, nine Associated Press All-Americans, one AFCA, eight Football Gazette, and one D3football.com), 68 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star selections, 138 All-NJAC First Team performers and three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.