NYIT Athletics welcomed Kevin Hamilton as the university's ninth men’s basketball head coach in July 2016.
Hamilton's basketball background ranges from the collegiate to the national level. The Iona College Hall of Famer joined the Gaels in 1976 after a successful career at North Babylon High School. In his four seasons at Iona, Hamilton helped guide the Gaels to an impressive 84-31 overall record as well as Iona’s first two NCAA Tournament appearances.
"With hard work and commitment to be the best in the classroom and on the court, we will become a formidable opponent in our conference and beyond. The work begins today by recruiting the right student athletes to compliment our existing players," Hamilton said.
Best known for his outstanding long-range shooting, Hamilton ended his career as Iona's fourth all-time leading scorer, with 1,412 points. His .883 free throw percentage during the 1976-77 seasons ranks as the third best single-season performance by a Gael. During the 1979-80 season, Hamilton led the squad with 63 steals over 34 games to average just under two per contest. Also in 1979, Hamilton scored a career-high 37 points in a win over Pittsburgh at the Nassau Coliseum. It is the ninth-best single-game performance in the history of Iona basketball. During his senior season, Hamilton scored 32 points against Georgetown in front of a nationally televised audience on NBC’s Game of the Week.
Upon graduation, Hamilton was chosen in the fourth round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, but suffered a career-ending injury in preseason. Since concluding his playing days, Hamilton has ventured into several careers including his current position as an AAU Director and international scout as well as a 16-year stint with the Xerox Corporation. He also has experience speaking to organizations on team building and player development while still finding time to return to Iona to be a part of the broadcast for ESPN and Iona College TV/radio.
Hamilton graduated from Iona in 1980 with a bachelor of business in business administration with a concentration in marketing and statistics. He’s also completed leadership training, including the Executive Leadership Class from IBM and the Six Sigma Black Belt certification.