In 2021, Steve Hamilton enters his seventh season as Head Coach of the Patriots' Women's Soccer team and his 17th season coaching collegiately. Coach Hamilton has guided the Patriots to a 75-32-8 (31-11-5 Mid-South Conference) record, including a 5-5-0 mark in Mid-South Conference Tournament play.
Cumberlands just finished their most successful season in program history. The Patriots won the program's first MSC Title, earning the MSC Tournament Champions. The team made it to the NAIA Final Site Quarterfinals for the first time after going 2-0-0 at the Williamsburg Bracket Opening Site. UC outscored opponents 70-17 and posted a program best of 12 shutouts. Before this season no player had earned higher than NAIA All-American Honorable Mention status, but under the guidance of Coach Hamilton, both Laura Navajas Marin (Second Team) and Shara Randez (Third Team) earned a spot on the All-American Teams along with Selena Barnett, Jayden Boelter and Ainhoa Camara getting Honorable Mention.
Hamilton earned his first National Tournament win in 2019 with a 3-1 victory over Tennessee Wesleyan on Friday, November 22 in the Lakeland Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round.
Hamilton has had 12 players garner First Team All-Conference honors, 12 players receive Second Team All-Conference recognition, and three players to earn All-American Honorable Mentions; the only players to earn national recognition in program history. In 2017, Shara Randez became the first Patriot player in program history to be named the MSC Freshman of the Year. In addition to his success on the field, the Patriots have had 46 players earn Academic All-Conference accolades, while three players have been named NAIA Daktronics All-Americans.
Prior to UC, Hamilton spent eight seasons as the Head Coach of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. He was recognized as the Coach of the Year in 2007. He also coached ENC to its first-ever home conference (TCCC) playoff win in 2011, its first ECAC Tournament in school history in 2013, and its first-ever home conference playoff semifinal game in 2014. Previously, Coach Hamilton was at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY where he went 20-16 in two seasons.
Hamilton began his career as a soccer player as well as a track and field athlete at Roberts Wesleyan College from 1996-1999. He graduated in 1999 with a degree in Education and Psychology. After graduating, he continued his playing career as a member of the United Soccer League (USL), playing for Frazier Valley in 2001.
Hamilton earned Advanced National and Premier Diplomas (2006-2011) and earned a World Football Academy Periodization Diploma in 2014. He also earned a Masters of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine from California University of Pennsylvania.
During his previous two coaching stints, he has coached 38 All-Conference players and one All-Region player.