Colette Gilligan is in her 11th year as the head women's soccer coach at Hamilton College. Gilligan's Hamilton teams have a 96-43-20 record (.667 win pct.) and have advanced to the postseason nine 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 honored with her assistants as the Liberty League coaching staff of the year three times (2003, 2004, 2007). The 96 victories make Gilligan the program’s all-time leader in that category.
Last year, the Continentals earned a spot in the NESCAC championship quarterfinals in their first year in the conference. 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, which was 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 eighth.
Gilligan has coached two All-Americans (Jen Munoz '04 in 2003 and Megan Brousseau '08 in 2007), and 12 players to a total of 16 all-region honors, including Sarah Boak '12 in 2011. Boak also made the NESCAC all-conference team last year. Academics is an integral part of Gilligan's program. Erica Dressler '09 was selected to the Academic All-America Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the NSCAA/adidas Collegiate Scholar All-America Team in 2008, and Laura Wray '11 was on the CoSIDA all-district third team in 2010.
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. 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 (N.C.) in 1990, 1992 and 1993. She helped lead the program to the NCAA Division III semifinals in 1989 and 1990. Gilligan was an all-conference selection in each of her four years at Methodist and was the team’s 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 a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Methodist in 1993 and earned her master’s in sports administration from East Carolina in 1996. She hails from Dublin, Ireland.
Katherine Addiss is in her second year as an assistant coach with the Hamilton College women's soccer program. Addiss was an assistant at SUNY New Paltz -- her alma mater -- in 2009 and 2010.
Addiss helped guide New Paltz to seven wins and the SUNYAC championship quarterfinals in 2010. One player made the all-conference third team. In her two years as an assistant coach, New Paltz student-athletes earned 18 SUNYAC all-academic team honors.
Addiss scored 10 goals and was credited with six assists in 60 career games with the Hawks. As a senior in 2008, she scored five goals and was voted second team all-conference. New Paltz advanced to the SUNYAC quarterfinals and finished with a record of 10-8-1. She was the coach's award recipient her first year in 2005, when the team went 10-7-2. She graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2010.
Addiss played high school soccer in Amherst, N.Y., from 2001 to 2004. She was all-conference and the team's most valuable player in 2004. She played for an Amherst travel team, the Shooting Stars, from 1997 to 2004. She played on under-14 to under-17 teams for Buffalo Premier Soccer from 2000 to 2003.
Tammy Alcott is in her first year as an assistant coach with the Hamilton College women's soccer program. Alcott was the girls' varsity soccer coach at Waterville High School for 12 seasons.
Waterville was Class C-2 Section III co-champions in 2010 and Class C 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 also coached track & field, basketball and softball. Alcott has served on the track & field coaching staffs at Colgate University and Utica College.
Alcott received her degree in health education from SUNY Cortland in 1981. She resides in Hamilton.