Chad Hamilton Tabbed La Salle's Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach
PHILADELPHIA – La Salle University Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw named Chad Hamilton as men's and women's tennis coach on Tuesday.
A professional with over 10 years of experience coaching tennis, Hamilton most recently served as the lead pro of the high performance program at Legacy Youth Tennis & Education in Philadelphia.
"Chad has coached and mentored some of the top youth players in the area," Bradshaw said. "His ability to relate to our student-athletes will serve him well in overseeing our tennis programs."
During his three-year stint at Legacy, Hamilton was responsible for budgeting the max performance programs of over 30 junior players. In addition, he was the head travel pro for the Excellence Team USTA.
"I would like to thank La Salle University for this great opportunity," Hamilton said. "I will do my best to enhance the quality of the tennis program while upholding the traditions and values of the University."
Hamilton began his coaching career at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education in Philadelphia, where he managed and coordinated all of the High Performance Programs. He trained and coached six players ranked in the top 10 of the Middle States USTA Under-16 rankings, and initiated the "Love to Serve" program, geared towards recruiting inner-city youth to the sport of tennis.
Following his time at Arthur Ashe, Hamilton was the Head High Performance Pro at High Performance Tennis Academy in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. He helped to coordinate all high performance programs and was a travel pro for Tennis Futures & Challengers players.
A mentor for many youth players in the Philadelphia area, Hamilton gained practical experience as a school counselor at the Global Leadership Academy Charter School, where he fostered positive peer relationships, conducted diversity awareness training and worked with individual students to plan future success.
A former Division I player at Howard University, Hamilton was a three-time team MVP for the Bison from 1997-99 and was named Howard's Academic Athlete of the Year in 1998-99. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications/Radio, TV & Film in 2000.
Upon graduation, he worked in the music industry and was CEO of Day One Productions, working with such high-profile record labels as Atlantic, Def Jam, Roc-a-fella, Bad Boy and So So Def.