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Chris Hamilton



-Began diving at the Bangor Y with coaches Norm Palmer and Kevin Martin (MSDHoF 2002/2003) and eventually to Bangor High School where he was coached by Kevin Wright and Phil Emery (MSDHoF 2003/2006)

-In 1985, Chris was a member of the Bangor state championship baseball team that went 20-0.  He was a 2-time state champion in diving (1986+87) and a part of the back to back state champion teams. Those same years he was also a Maine Class A All-State and “Adidas” All-American football player.

-In 1988, he attended Maine Central Institute and was the MVP defensive football player on the Post Graduate football team.

-As a freshman at Southern Connecticut State University in 1989 he participated in both Football and Diving for the Owls.  After his freshmen year he turned his attention to diving after an off season injury. He went on to achieve:  finalist all four years at New England Championships.  In 1990-1991 He was the Division I and II New England Champion on 3-meter springboard.  After a year off he became the 1992-1993 Division I and II New England Champion 3 meter champion again and was named “New England Diver of the Year”.  He was undefeated that season in Dual meets that year.   From the years 1990-1993 he was a five time Division II All-American and won the National Championship in 1993 on the one-meter springboard.  He was also named “NCAA Division II Diver of the year” after placing 1st and 3rd at the National Championship.

-As a high school diving coach, Chris coached Chris Colwell, the #1 high school diver in the country and World Champion on Platform in 1997 who went on to become NCAA National Champion and two time Olympian (2008/2012).  Chris also coached 5 NCAA division two All-Americans and one National Champion.

-In 2000 he became the diving coach for Dartmouth College.  Chris has had 27 different divers qualify for the NCAA zone meet.  17 of these divers have been finalist at Zone Championships.   Chris has coached both Dartmouth’s Men’s and Women’s School Record holders and 33 Dartmouth top ten divers on the one and three meter diving boards.  In 2002-2003 he had two women final for the first time in the 27 years of the women’s program at Dartmouth college and in 2012-2013 season he had two women go 1st and 3rd at the Ivy Championships.  In the 15 years at Dartmouth Chris had had 27 different Divers become Academic All-Americans with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

-Most recently Chris received the Dr. Bruce Hutchinson Award in honor of Coach Hutchinson for former SCSU alumni who have made outstanding coaching contributions to Diving and Swimming.  Chris is the second Bangor High School graduate to receive the award along with Coach Emery.