Three of the most prolific players in program history graduated the past two years. James Stanell '14 made the NESCAC all-conference team in each of the last two seasons. Stanell is in third place on the team's all-time rushing list with 2,138 yards in his career. He is one of just four players in program history with more than 2,000 rushing yards and he finished his career with 23 touchdowns. Linebacker and two-time all-conference selection Mike MacDonald '13 is one of two players in team history with 300 or more career tackles, and Jordan Eck '13 ended up in third place on the Continentals' all-time passing yards list with 4,948.
Edwin Sweetland was one of the first men to walk the sidelines as head coach of the Continentals. Sweetland guided the program to an 8-2-1 record in 1899 and then was the head coach at Syracuse University the next three seasons. He came back to Hamilton to lead the team to a 6-3 record in 1903 before he moved on to Ohio State University, where he was the head coach in 1904 and 1905. He went on to be head coach at several other schools including Colgate University, the University of Kentucky, Miami University (Ohio), West Virginia University, Tulane University and Alfred University. He was Kentucky's first athletic director.
Forest Evashevski guided the Continentals to a 5-2 record as head coach in 1941. Evashevski went on to lead Washington State University for two seasons and the University of Iowa for nine more. He coached Iowa to two Rose Bowl victories, and the Football Writers Association of America recognized the 1958 team as national champions. Former players have gone on to great things in the coaching ranks as well. Herb Hand '90 is the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Penn State. Sean Ryan '94 is the wide receivers coach in his eighth year on the staff of the NFL's New York Giants. Joe Gilbert '87 is the offensive line coach in his third year with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, and Tim Berbenich '02 is an offensive assistant with the Colts in his 11th year as an NFL coach.
2008 marked the 50th anniversary of the lone unbeaten team in program history. The Continentals were 6-0-1 in 1958 as a 12-all tie with Hobart College was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect season. Hamilton enjoyed eight straight winning seasons from 1960 to 1967. The 1963 team finished 7-1, which remains the highest number of victories in one season for the program since 1900. That 1900 squad ended up 8-1 and would have been undefeated and unscored upon if it weren't for an 11-0 loss to West Point. In 1984, Steve Stetson guided the Continentals to a 6-1-1 record with the help of Associated Press Little All-America selections Seamus Crotty '86 and Mike Lentini '85. Hamilton finished with a winning record 10 times from 1985 through 1996.
Eighteen Continentals have earned a total of 20 All-America selections since 1941. Running back Eric Grey '93 and offensive lineman Joe Gilbert were first team All-Americans in 1991 and 1986, respectively. Grey holds the school record for most rushing yards in a season. Jeff Hewitt '74 played 10 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 1974 after signing with the team as a free agent. Hewitt was an honorable mention All-America college division pick as a defensive lineman in 1973.
Four members of Hamilton's celebrated 2006 defense made the NESCAC all-conference team, including rookie of the year John Lawrence '10. Lawrence finished his career with three all-conference awards, including first team in 2009. The Continentals ranked seventh in NCAA Division III in scoring defense in 2006 with 10.3 points allowed per game. Hamilton blanked two teams that year and didn't allow more than 20 points in any game. The last time the Continentals had more than four players recognized by the NESCAC in one year was 2001, when five were honored.
Led by all-conference defensive lineman Burke St. John '11, who was voted to the 2009 East Region's all-region third team by D3football.com, Hamilton finished third in the NESCAC in pass defense (207 yards allowed per game) and fourth in total defense (330 yards allowed per game) in 2010. The Continentals tied for second in the conference with 20 sacks, and Jim Forrey '13 was a big reason why. Forrey led the NESCAC with seven sacks and 14 tackles for a loss.
Academics play an important role within the program. Cory Glover '16, Jeff Jenkins '16, Simon Jia '16, Robert Miles '16 and Alex Mitko '16 earned spots on the 2013 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Three players, including Pat Donahoe '16 last year, have made the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) academic all-district team since 2011. Ted Finan '12 and Jacob Sheetz-Willard '12 were elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest honor society, in 2012.