As the 2018-2019 academic year kicks off Bill Hamilton begins his 35th year in college athletics. In 2010 he finished his 26th year of coaching, 23rd as Head Coach with the last 20 for Pensacola Junior/State College. In April of that year, Coach Hamilton announced his retirement from coaching and still remains the Athletic Director at the school. His overall record stands at 703 wins and 468 losses.
In 2004, he led the Pirates to their 1st ever State Championship and a 6th Place finish in the JUCO World Series while also capturing the Tomas Howard Sportsmanship Trophy. For his efforts, he was named the FCCAA Coach of the Year, NJCAA Region VIII Coach of the Year and the ABCA/Diamond Regional Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division I.
In 2008, Coach Hamilton passed retired legendary Coach Buddy Kisner as the “All-Time Career Leader” in wins at then Pensacola Junior College when he notched his 525th career win earlier in the season. He finished the year with 561 as the Pirates rolled to a 43 and 8 record, a Conference Championship and a NJCAA National Poll #1 Ranking for the last 6 weeks of the poll. It was Pensacola’s first ever #1 Ranking in their 60 year history. The school record for wins was a feat that Coach Hamilton has accomplished 5 times in his career.
Before beginning his head coaching career, Hamilton was an assistant at Chipola College in 1984-5, helping them to a state playoff berth in 1985 and served as an assistant coach at Columbus State University (GA) from 1985 to 1987. While serving there in the capacity of assistant coach – pitching and recruiting, he helped Head Coach Derek Mann lead the Cougars to two NCAA Division II World Series appearances, finishing runner-up in 1986 and fourth in 1987.
Prior to PJC, he guided North Florida Junior College, in Madison, for 3 years, 1987-1990, and was named Director of Athletics there in 1989.
On January 20, 2000, Hamilton was named the Director of Athletics post at Pensacola State College. He now oversees Men and Women’s Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Baseball, and Intramurals, along with the Aquatics and Life Fitness Centers. Since that appointment, he has played a prominent role in the renovation of the Life Fitness Center/Weight Room and Aquatic Center. He led a $3.5 million total gym makeover, a $750,000 Baseball Stadium upgrade with an indoor hitting facility and the design and construction of a new $1.2 million softball stadium.
An experienced clinician and speaker with over 175 appearances to his credit, including the prestigious ABCA, Coach Hamilton added International Coaching to his resume` with trips to Puerto Rico and the Roberto Clemente Foundation, Australia, Europe and, the Bahamas - as a guest of the Bahamas Baseball Federation at various clinics over a 9 day period in 2007.
For these efforts and his many accomplishments, Hamilton was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Colorado in May of 2010 and the Pensacola Sports Association’s Hall of Fame later that same year.
Born in Lake City, Hamilton grew up in Marianna, Florida. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Huntingdon College in 1982 and has served on Huntingdon’s Board of Trustees and the National Alumni Board of Directors. He received his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Columbus State University in 1987. Very active in his church and the community, he has served in a variety of roles which includes being Chair of the Board of Trustees at AMUMC, President of the Board of Directors of Pensacola Sports, Chair of the Council of Athletic Affairs for the State College System and on the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry for the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the Methodist Church. He is married to the former Cathy Ensley of Asheville, North Carolina, has one daughter, Lindsay (husband Chris Sullivan) and a 4 year old granddaughter, Bailey Sullivan and a new grandson, Ty William.