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Rear Adm. Thomas J. Hamilton
№: 33[1]     United States Naval Academy
Nickname(s) Tom Hamilton
Date of birth: December 26, 1905
Place of birth: Hoopeston, Illinois, United States[1]
Date of death: April 3, 1994
Place of death: Chula Vista, California, United States[1]
Career information
Position(s): HB/QB/K
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Jersey №: 33[1]
College: United States Naval Academy
High school: Indianola JHS (Columbus, OH)[1]
Doane Academy (Granville, OH)[1]
 As athletic director:
US Naval Academy[1]
 As administrator:
1959–1971 AAWU/Pac-8 Conference commissioner[1]
 As coach:
US Naval Academy[1]
 As player:
1924–1926 US Naval Academy[1]
Career highlights and awards
  • 1926 National Champion as player at Navy
Awards: 1976 Theodore Roosevelt Award[2]
1978 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award[3]
1971 National Football Foundation Gold Medal[4]
1971 NACDA Corbett Award [5]
1971 ECAC James Lynah Award [6]
College Football Hall of Fame, 1965
Military service
Allegiance: United States United States
Service/branch: Navy
Rank: Rear admiral[1]
Unit: USS Enterprise[1]
Battles/wars: Battle of Leyte Gulf, Battle of Iwo Jima[1]
Commander of USS Enterprise: July 10, 1944–July 29, 1944[7]

Thomas James "Tom" Hamilton (December 26, 1905 – April 3, 1994)[8] was an American naval aviator who rose to the rank of rear admiral. He was also a noted football player and coach as well as a college athletics administrator.



Hamilton was born in Hoopeston, Illinois and attended high school in Columbus and Granville, Ohio.


College playing career

Hamilton attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1927. He was a key player on the 1926 squad which won a national championship with a 9-0-1 record. rodolfo estuvo aki[1] The single blemish on that season was a tie with Army a game which has been described as "one of the greatest football games ever played."[9] He was also elected as class president during his time at the academy.[1]

Military career

Following graduation from Annapolis and commissioning as an ensign, Hamilton served the required period in surface ships before applying for flight training. He received his wings of gold and flew a variety of aircraft, including patrol planes from San Diego in 1938-39. During the war he served ashore and afloat, primarily in aviation training and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He was the "Big E's" flight deck officer and executive officer in 1943-44, briefly commanding the legendary ship during a brief refit in 1944.

Coaching career

In 1934 Hamilton became the 21st head college football coach of the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen located in Annapolis, Maryland. He served as head coach at Navy for a total of five years — three years in his first stint (1934– 1936) then again from 1946 through 1947.

He moved on to become athletic director at Navy in 1948, a position which he held for two years before leaving to accept a similar position at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). He served as AD at Pitt until 1959. Twice during his tenure (in 1951 and again in 1954) he also was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers football team.

Head coaching record
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Navy Midshipmen football () (1934–1947)
1934 Navy 8-1
1935 Navy 5-4
1936 Navy 6-3
1946 Navy 1-8
1947 Navy 1-7-1
Navy: 21-23-1
Pittsburgh Panthers football () (1951–1954)
1951 Pitt 3-7
1954 Pitt 4-2
Pitt: 7-9
Total: 28-32-1
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

Other Sports Positions/Awards

He left Pitt in 1959 to take on the role of founding commissioner of the Athletic Association of Western Universities, which later became the Pac-8 and eventually the Pac-10 Conference, a position which he held until 1971.

Hamilton served as chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, had 16 years on the U.S Olympic Committee, and was vice-president of the National Football Foundation.[1] He received the Theodore Roosevelt Award[2] from the NCAA, the Stagg Award[3] from the American Football Coaches Association, the Gold Medal from the National Football Foundation, the Corbett Award from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics[5] and the James Lynah Award from the Eastern College Athletic Conference[6]. In 1976, he was inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions.[10]


Hamilton was married to Emmie Spalding in 1932 and is buried in the Naval Academy cemetery.[11]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Red Dawson
Len Casanova
University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach
1954 (mid-season replacement)
Succeeded by
John Michelosen
Red Dawson
Preceded by
Edgar Miller
Navy Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Hank Hardwick


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Tom Hamilton member biography". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  2. ^ a b "NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award Recipients". NCAA. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  3. ^ a b "Amos Alonzo Stagg Award - Past Winners". AFCA. May 17, 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  4. ^ "Past Gold Medal Winners". NFF. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  5. ^ a b "James J. Corbett Memorial Award Winners". National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  6. ^ a b "James Lynah Distinguished Achievement Award". Eastern College Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  7. ^ "Commanding Officers". USS Enterprise CV-6 Association. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  8. ^ "Biography for Tom Hamilton (VI)". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  9. ^ Schmidt, Ray (February 2004). "The Greatest Army -- Navy" (PDF). College Football Historical Society Newsletter (College Football Historical Society) XVII (II): 9–13. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  10. ^ "San Diego Hall of Champions". San Diego Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  11. ^ "USNA Cemetery Documentation Project". September 21, 2005.,%20T.%20J.pdf. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  

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