New Athletic Director Named

Andy Hamilton ’85 takes the helm July 1
Lisa Lacher

Andy Hamilton ’85 will become the College’s next director of athletics and recreation, effective July 1. He served as interim director during the 2015–16 school year.

AndyHamilton, who also serves as an associate professor of physical education and head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis teams, will succeed Greg Wallace, who was on sabbatical this year.

“Andy Hamilton’s deep understanding of Division III athletics, record as a coach, excellence in the classroom, and commitment to the student-athlete ideal make him particularly well suited to this role,” says Michael E. Latham, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “I am very confident he will provide excellent leadership for Grinnell athletics and the department of physical education.”

“I look forward to maintaining Grinnell’s tradition of robust co-curricular programming,” Hamilton says.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Hamilton has served as head men’s tennis coach since 1995 and head women’s tennis coach since 2007, leading both teams to multiple Midwest Conference championships. A national search for a tennis coach will be conducted.

During his career Hamilton also coached women’s basketball, was a men’s basketball assistant coach, and assisted with football.

Wallace joined the College 28 years ago and had been athletics director since 2007, men’s golf coach for 15 years, and head football coach for 20 years. He is moving to senior faculty status, focusing on recruiting student-athletes.

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