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Colette Gilligan, HEAD COACH

Colette Gilligan is in her 14th year as the head women's soccer coach at Hamilton College. Gilligan's Hamilton teams have a 118-61-24 record (.640 win pct.) and have advanced to the postseason 10 times, including three trips to the NCAA Division III championship. She has been selected the East Region Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2007) by her peers and was honored with her assistants as the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year three times (2003, 2004, 2007). The 118 victories make Gilligan the program's all-time leader in that category.

Gilligan and the Continentals earned a spot in the NESCAC championship quarterfinals in their first two years in the conference (2011-12). Hamilton advanced to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Championship after a 1-0 win against Virginia Wesleyan University in the first round. Hamilton's final overall record was 10-4-3, including 6-0-1 at home. The Continentals tied for third in the league and played in the league championship semifinals. In 2009 Hamilton made its third appearance in the league final -- all with Gilligan.

Gilligan guided the program to unprecedented success in 2007. The Continentals advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time, set program records for wins (16) and goals (55) in a season and finished the year ranked first in Division III with a team save percentage of .917. Hamilton completed its first unbeaten regular season (13-0-1) and earned a share of the league's regular season title. After the Continentals finished with a 16-2-2 record, they landed at No. 7 in the final Top 25 coaches poll -- the highest ranking in program history.

Gilligan guided Hamilton to a 15-2-1 record in 2004. The Continentals captured their first league regular season and postseason championships and earned their first NCAA championship appearance and tournament victory. The Continentals also made their first-ever appearance in the national rankings and climbed as high as a tie for No. 8.

Gilligan has coached two All-Americans (Jen Munoz '04 in 2003 and Megan Brousseau '08 in 2007) and 12 players to a total of 17 all-region honors. Two athletes made the 2012 NESCAC All-Conference Team.

Academics is an integral part of Gilligan's program as 11 student-athletes made the 2014 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Erica Dressler '09 was selected to the 2008 Academic All-America Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the NSCAA/adidas Collegiate Scholar All-America Team, and Laura Wray '11 was on the 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-District third team.

Prior to arriving at Hamilton, Gilligan was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota for two seasons. She was the head coach at Middle Tennessee State University from 1996 to 2000. Gilligan's overall record at Hamilton and MTSU is 148-101-30. Her collegiate coaching career began as an assistant at East Carolina University in 1994. She was also involved in coaching the Olympic Development Program in Minnesota, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Gilligan was a three-time All-American at Methodist College, including the first team in 1992. She helped lead the program to the NCAA Division III semifinals in 1989 and 1990. Gilligan was an all-conference selection all four years and was a team captain in 1992 and 1993. She was a member of Ireland's national junior team in 1985 and 1986 before joining Ireland's national senior squad.

Gilligan received her bachelor's degree in physical education and went on to earn her master's in sports administration from East Carolina. She hails from Dublin, Ireland.


Tammy Alcott is in her fourth year as an assistant coach with the Hamilton College women's soccer program. Alcott was the girls' varsity soccer coach at nearby Waterville High School for 12 seasons.

Waterville was Class C-2 Section III co-champions in 2010 and the Class C section runner-up in 2007. Alcott was honored as the 2007 Utica Observer-Dispatch Coach of the Year and two of her players were selected to the Mohawk Valley all-star team.

Alcott brings more than 25 years of coaching expertise to Hamilton. During her tenure at Waterville, she served on the track & field, basketball and softball staffs. Alcott has also been a track & field assistant at Colgate University and Utica College.

Alcott received her degree in health education from SUNY Cortland. She resides in Hamilton.


Sinead McSharry is in her third year with the Hamilton College women's soccer coaching staff. McSharry spent 2012 as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Husson College where she helped the Eagles to the North Athletic Conference semifinals. Her experience also includes coaching positions with Seacoast United Blackbear, Manchester United Soccer Schools and Millwall FC.

McSharry earned her bachelor's degree from London's University of Greenwich and went on to receive postgraduate certificates of education from Greenwich and the University of Gloucestshire. She earned a master's degree from Smith College where she spent two years as a teaching fellow. She owns a UEFA B coaching certification and an FA Level Two goalkeeping certification.