Bill Spicer is in his second year as the head softball coach at Hamilton College after he was an assistant in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Spicer's pitching staff led the NESCAC in fewest walked allowed, and Kelly Leonard '15 ranked fourth in the conference in strikeouts. Leonard set a program record with those 116 punchouts, and Sam Miller '14 tied the record for runs batted in with 31. Two student-athletes earned NESCAC spring all-academic team honors.
Spicer is the seventh head coach since Hamilton made softball a varsity sport in 1985. He has been an assistant football coach at the College since 2006, and was on the track and field coaching staff from 2007 to 2009. This is his first head coaching position at the collegiate level. He has previously been the varsity softball coach at two high schools.
Spicer coached Onondaga Central from 2004 to 2006, and the team captured New York State's Section III Class C-2 championship in 2006. He led the Woodmont High School softball program in 1997 and 1998, and guided the team from Greenville, South Carolina, to the second round of the state tournament his second year. He started his softball coaching career as an assistant at LaFayette High School just south of Syracuse.
Spicer, an assistant professor of physical education at Hamilton, coached Onondaga's football program to three state titles. He was a three-time state coach of the year selection and a 2003 recipient of the President Gerald R. Ford All-American Football Coach Award.
Spicer graduated from Chittenango High School. He went on to earn a degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland in 1994, and received his master's in physical education and health from Cortland in 1999. Spicer and his wife Jessica live in Marcellus with their two children, Michael and Makayla.
Liz Slupinski is in her second year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College softball program. Slupinski played softball at the University of Rochester from 2008 to 2011.
Slupinski helped lead Rochester to a 113-58 record during her four-year career, and the Yellowjackets appeared in the NCAA championship regional in 2008 and 2009. She received University Athletic Association all-conference second team honors in 2008, and was named Liberty League all-league honorable mention in 2008 and 2009. After missing her junior year due to a knee injury, Slupinski was an all-league second team selection in 2011.
Slupinski also enjoyed success in the classroom, as she was named to the Liberty League all-academic team and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America scholar athlete team in 2011. Student-athletes must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater to qualify for the NFCA award.
Slupinski graduated in 2011 with a degree in studio arts and a minor in anthropology. She is from Hamburg, N.Y., and attended Hamburg High School.