Hamilton promotes assistant to head softball coach
Bill Spicer, the assistant softball coach at Hamilton College the past two years, has been selected the program's head coach.
Spicer is the seventh head softball coach since Hamilton made it a varsity sport in 1985. He served as an assistant under Tracy Coffman in 2010 and 2011. 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.
"I feel honored that I have received the opportunity to be the next head softball coach at Hamilton," Spicer said. "After working with the program the past two years, I am excited to build on the foundation that has been put in place."
Spicer has previously been the varsity softball coach at two high schools. He 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.
"Bill Spicer is a highly respected educator, coach and colleague in our department," Director of Athletics Jon Hind '80 said. "Coach Spicer's experiences as an assistant under coach Tracy Coffman and as a successful head coach at the high school level have prepared him well to step up and lead our softball program."
Spicer started his softball coaching career as an assistant at LaFayette High School just south of Syracuse. He coached Onondaga's football program to three state titles, 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.
Due to Spicer vacating the assistant position to become head coach, a search for a new assistant softball coach will begin immediately.
Spicer, an assistant professor of physical education at Hamilton, graduated from Chittenango High School. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland in 1994, and received his master's in physical education and health from Cortland in 1999. He and his wife Jessica live in Marcellus with their two children, Michael and Makayla.