ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Elizabethtown College announced the hiring of a familiar face as the new Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach. Matt Hamilton, a member of the athletics department for the past two years with assistant roles for both the men's and women's programs, will take over the head role for each team.
"We are very excited to have Matt Hamilton serve as our men's and women's volleyball head coach. He stood out from a very competitive group of candidates", said Athletic Director Chris Morgan. "His knowledge and experiences with our current team members, our incoming student athletes, and the College will afford him the opportunity to begin serving our student athletes from day one. We look forward to working with Matt as the leader of our volleyball programs."
Hamilton assisted in all aspects of the women's and men's programs, which included recruiting, scheduling, practice planning, budgeting, and fundraising.
In his first season on the women's volleyball staff, he helped guide the team to a 19-9 record in 2017 after a 7-22 finish the previous season. The Blue Jays followed up with a second consecutive 19-win season in 2018.
Hamilton, a 2013 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, was integral in helping start the men's program at Elizabethtown. Picked ninth in the Continental Volleyball Conference's preseason poll, the Jays went 11-18 and 4-7 in the CVC to finish in a tie for seventh.
Hamilton, in his two seasons with the women's team and one with the men, has coached three all-conference selections and saw one of his athletes earn Landmark Senior Scholar Athlete. The women's team has earned team academic years during his two years and four players on the men's side were named academic all-conference selections.
"First and foremost, I want to thank Chris Morgan, the Search Committee, and Elizabethtown College for granting me the great opportunity of leading both the men's and women's volleyball programs", said Hamilton. "I've greatly enjoyed my time spent here as an assistant coach for the past two years and I look forward to becoming the next head coach."
"Volleyball here at Elizabethtown has always set a very high standard both on and off the court and I look forward to continuing to meet that expectation, as well as growing and developing each program to the best of my ability," he added.
Additionally, Hamilton serves as a Player Development Specialist at Spooky Nook Volleyball Academy where he oversees the development of over 130 athletes across 13 different club teams.
Hamilton has also coached as the high school and club levels. He played volleyball at Central York High School and was a member of the 2008 PIAA state runners-up. Hamilton was a 2008 PIAA All-State selection.
He holds a USAV Impact Certification and memberships to the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association), USAV (USA Volleyball), and KRVA (Keystone Region Volleyball Association).