Jamie King is in his 11th season as head coach of the Hamilton College women's squash team. King coached the women from 2000 to 2004 and rejoined the program in 2008. The team has won 106 matches under King. He picked up his second NESCAC women's squash coach of the year award after the 2013-14 season.
The Continentals finished last season with an overall record of 13-7. The team matched its best finish at the NESCAC championship by placing fifth. The women competed for the Kurtz Cup at the College Squash Association (CSA) team championships and ended up at No. 16 in the final national rankings. Hilary Gray '15 received her second NESCAC all-conference honor. Solid academic performance is important to King and his programs. Five women's squash student-athletes made the 2013-14 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team.
In 2011-12 the women finished fifth at the NESCAC championship, their best performance under King. Amanda Thorman '13, Alyssa Bawden '12 and Gray were all-conference selections. The women's squash program boasted eight all-NESCAC selections from 2009 to 2012.
King was selected the 2011 NESCAC Coach of the Year after Hamilton posted a 13-10 record and were runners-up for the Walker Cup at the CSA team championships. The women's squash program and King received the Chaffee Award for the first time during the CSA event at Princeton University. The award is given annually to a coach whose team has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, character and improvement. King and the men's squash team received the same award in 2008 and 2010.
King guided Hamilton to a 15-8 record in 2009-10. The 15 wins are the second-highest total in a season in team history, and Hamilton was ranked 15th by the CSA at the end of the season.
Prior to his arrival at Hamilton, King served as assistant coach for men's and women's squash and was the men's tennis coach at Vassar College. He also coached tennis at Marist College and was racquets director at Poughkeepsie Tennis Club.
King played varsity squash, tennis and soccer at Williams where he was the squash team captain for two seasons. When King was a senior, Williams posted a 20-2 record and was ranked third in the nation. He graduated with a degree in political science and American studies. King earned his master's degree in sociology of sport from Skidmore College.
Dan Jonas is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College men's and women's squash teams. Jonas was a co-founder, captain and No. 1 player for his club team at Brown University.
Jonas' Brown program was ranked as high as 17th while he played there and later achieved varsity status. He played high school squash at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown and went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's law school.
Kate Pistel is in her second season as an assistant coach for Hamilton College men's and women's squash. Pistel is also one of the assistants on the Hamilton women's lacrosse coaching staff.
Pistel played college squash at Colby College from 2009 to 2013. She was a four-time NESCAC all-conference honoree, including the first team three times, and made the NESCAC all-sportsmanship team three out of her four years. Pistel played at either the first or second position her entire Colby career and finished with a record of 64-32.
Pistel also played varsity soccer and lacrosse at Colby where she graduated with a degree in human development and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Pistel attended Suffield Academy and is from Amherst, Mass.