After stints coaching at the Peddie School, St. Andrew’s School (Del.), William Smith College, and the Newark Academy, Hamilton came to PDS in 2019 to teach English and lead the girls’ junior varsity hoops and soccer programs.
In 2020, Athletic Director, Katie Fay, asked Hamilton, a 2006 graduate of William Smith College who played both soccer and basketball for the school, to take over the program as Varsity Head Coach. “It was a nice opportunity for me, it had been a very long time since I had been a head coach,” said Hamilton.
“We have some pretty clear values; we value family and inclusivity. For each value there is a definition and the standards are ever changing. There are really tangible things so that if someone comes in and watches us play they should know that we care about each other; they should know that we care about the effort and things like that.”
Hamilton achieved high standards as a student athlete,starring at soccer and basketball at the Peddie School before going on to play both sports at the next level for William Smith.
In the PDS Upper School, Hamilton serves as a class Dean and English teacher. In addition to leading the Girls Basketball Program, she is also an assistant coach on the Girls Varsity Soccer Team.
Coach Pettit has over 15 years of coaching experience, 3 of which were with the New York Red Bulls Academy as a player development officer, which involved working with 17 Travel Teams developing season coaching strategies, delivering sessions, game analysis and club development.
Most recently, he has served as the Head Coach of NJ Rush 02 Girls Grey (2013 to present), where he has coached six Princeton Day School soccer players. This team has been ranked #1 nationally at different times during his tenure and recently took home the NJ State Championship.