Beginning his career with the Engineers as freshmen heavyweight coach in the Fall of 1985, Hamilton became only the 11th varsity heavyweight crew coach in the 67 year history of the sport at the Institute in 1987. Hamilton's career has spanned both genders and nearly all age groups, while his coaching expertise has been refined by numerous national team experiences.
A graduate of Columbia University where he rowed and swam on an intercollegiate level, Hamilton also rowed in graduate school at Cambridge University in England.
Although his work on the international level has garnered the most success, Hamilton's coaching resume includes several colleges and boatclubs. In 1984 and 1985, Hamilton coached the U.S. National Sweep and Sculling teams into the World Championships. The following year, he also led the Peruvian Sculling team to the World Championships. In 1990, Hamilton coached the women's lightweight pair and lightweight double teams to third-place finishes at the World University Games in Germany. The placings earned Hamilton his seventh and eighth top-five finishes in international championship competition.
Though Hamilton's success on the international scene is well documented, he did lead MIT's varsity eight to the 1993 Division II-III National Championship. More recently, the MIT varsity four took the Silver Medal under Hamilton's tutelage at the 1999 IRA National Championships.
Hamilton also has served as sweep and sculling coach for the Cambridge Boat Club since 1983. Boasting numerous world and national championships, the Cambridge Boat Club is widely regarded as one of the country's most elite rowing clubs. In 1990, Hamilton directed a lightweight women's elite sculling camp at MIT and has since worked at numerous other crew camps in the United States and England, while generally considered one of the best sculling coaches in the United States.
In 1999, Hamilton was honored by having an eight oared shell named for him.