Leonard Hamilton

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Leonard Hamilton
Leonard Hamilton 2013.jpg
Hamilton in 2013
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Florida State
Conference ACC
Record 325–208
Biographical details
Born (1948-08-04) August 4, 1948 (age 70)
Gastonia, North Carolina
Playing career
1966–1968 Gaston CC
1969–1971 UT Martin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1974 Austin Peay (assistant)
1974–1986 Kentucky (assistant)
1986–1990 Oklahoma State
1990–2000 Miami (FL)
2000–2001 Washington Wizards
2002–present Florida State
Head coaching record
Overall 525–418 (college)
19–63 (NBA)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Big East regular season (2000)
ACC Tournament (2012)
Awards
UPI National Coach of the Year (1995)
2× Big East Coach of the Year (1995, 1999)
ACC Coach of the Year (2009, 2012)

James Leonard Hamilton (born August 4, 1948) is an American basketball coach and the current men's basketball head coach at Florida State University. He is a former head coach at Oklahoma State University, the University of Miami, and for the National Basketball Association's Washington Wizards. In his 30 years as a collegiate head coach, his teams have qualified for nine NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournaments and 11 National Invitation Tournaments, highlighted by appearances in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight in 2018 (with Florida State), and Sweet 16 in 2011 (with Florida State) and 2000 (with Miami). Other career benchmarks include the Big East Conference regular season championship in 2000 and the ACC Tournament title in 2012. While with the NBA's Wizards his team posted a 19–63 record during his sole season with the franchise in 2000–01.

Biography[edit]

Hamilton played college basketball at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Hamilton is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. His brother, Ray Jones, coaches a minor league team.

Hamilton was an assistant coach and associate head coach at the University of Kentucky from 1974 to 1986 under then head coach Joe B. Hall. Hamilton was on the staffs of the Kentucky teams that finished as the NCAA runner up in 1975, won the 1978 NCAA Championship and went to the 1984 Final Four.

Hamilton was named ACC Coach of the Year on March 10, 2009, and a second time in 2012.[1] Hamilton is the first coach to be named coach of the year in both the Big East and ACC. In 2018 he was named the Clarence "Big House" Gaines National Coach of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big Eight Conference) (1986–1990)
1986–87 Oklahoma State 8–20 4–10 7th
1987–88 Oklahoma State 14–16 4–10 T–6th
1988–89 Oklahoma State 17–13 7–7 T–4th NIT Second Round
1989–90 Oklahoma State 17–14 6–8 5th NIT Second Round
Oklahoma State: 56–63 (.471) 21–35 (.375)
Miami Hurricanes (NCAA Division I independent) (1990–1991)
1990–91 Miami 9–19
Miami Hurricanes (Big East Conference) (1991–2000)
1991–92 Miami 8–24 1–17 10th
1992–93 Miami 10–17 7–11 9th
1993–94 Miami 7–20 0–18 10th
1994–95 Miami 15–13 9–9 5th NIT First Round
1995–96 Miami 15–13 8–10 4th (Big East 7)
1996–97 Miami 16–13 9–9 T–4th (Big East 7) NIT First Round
1997–98 Miami 18–10 11–7 2nd (Big East 7) NCAA First Round
1998–99 Miami 23–7 15–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
1999–00 Miami 23–11 13–3 T–1st NCAA Sweet 16
Miami: 144–147 (.495) 73–87 (.456)
Florida State Seminoles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2002–present)
2002–03 Florida State 14–15 4–12 9th
2003–04 Florida State 19–14 6–10 T–7th NIT Second Round
2004–05 Florida State 12–19 4–12 T–10th
2005–06 Florida State 20–10 9–7 5th NIT Second Round
2006–07 Florida State 22–13 7–9 T–8th NIT Quarterfinal
2007–08 Florida State 19–15 7–9 T–7th NIT First Round
2008–09 Florida State 25–10 10–6 4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2009–10 Florida State 22–10 10–6 T–3rd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2010–11 Florida State 23–11 11–5 3rd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2011–12 Florida State 25–10 12–4 3rd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2012–13 Florida State 18–16 9–9 6th NIT First Round
2013–14 Florida State 22–14 9–9 T–7th NIT Semifinal
2014–15 Florida State 17–16 8–10 9th
2015–16 Florida State 20–14 8–10 T–11th NIT Second Round
2016–17 Florida State 26–9 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2017–18 Florida State 23–12 9–9 T–8th NCAA Division I Elite Eight
Florida State: 327–208 (.611) 135–133 (.504)
Total: 527–418 (.558)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NBA[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Washington 2000–01 82 19 63 .232 7th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Career 82 19 63 .232

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Turnaround Architect Hamilton Named ACC Coach of the Year". March 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]. Seminoles.com. Retrieved June 27, 2018.

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