Chris Hamblin was named the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer in March, 2016, and is in his second season at the helm of the program. Hamblin initially joined the Harvard women's soccer staff as an assistant coach on August 22, 2011 and served five seasons in the role prior to his promotion to head coach.
Winning the Ivy League title in his first season at the helm, Hamblin was the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the program to an unbeaten record (5-0-2) in conference play. The Ancient Eight title was the Crimson's third in four years, and Harvard advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a first-round contest at Rutgers. Senior Margaret Purce was an All-American and the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, while six student-athletes earned all-conference recognition.
Hamblin helped to guide Harvard to its second-straight 5-1-1 Ivy League mark in 2015 as the team finished with a winning record for the ninth-straight year. The Crimson finished second in the Ancient Eight but led the way with eight student-athletes receiving All-Ivy recognition. Harvard led the Ivy League with only three goals allowed in conference play.
Harvard claimed its 12th Ivy League championship, and second consecutively, in 2014, as the Crimson advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. Working with the goalkeepers, Cheta Emba and Lizzie Durack combined for nine shutouts on the season.
In 2013, Hamblin helped Harvard to its 11th Ivy League title, wrapping its conference slate with a perfect 7-0 record for the first time since 1999. Hamblin, who works primarily with the goalkeepers, aided Cheta Emba’s success, as she earned All-Ivy second team honors and maintained a 0.14 GAA. Three netminders rotated in net, as the last line of defense boasted a 0.81 team GAA.
During the 2012 season, Hamblin helped Harvard post its sixth consecutive winning season. Hamblin aided Bethany Kanten's success, as she earned All-Ivy League second team honors, while recording four shutouts. As a team, the Crimson posted seven clean sheets and had a combined 1.35 goals-against average.
During his first season at Harvard, the Crimson claimed the program's 10th Ivy League title and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament. Harvard went 10-1 at home, tying the program record for a single season, and posted a 6-0-1 record in Ivy games. Hamblin helped the Crimson earn three shutouts and post a team goals-against average of 1.46.
Hamblin, who served as an assistant coach with the Boston Breakers in 2010, was an associate head coach at Boston College from 2001-2009. At BC, Hamblin helped the Eagles reach the NCAA tournament seven times and advance to the Sweet 16 on four separate occasions.
Hamblin also served as the Director of Coaching for NEFC. The club which captured six youth soccer national championships and multiple state and regional titles. In 2010, Hamblin was tabbed the Mass Youth Soccer Competitive Coach of the Year.
Hamblin began his coaching career immediately after graduating from BC in 2001. As an undergraduate, Hamblin was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Boston College men's team. He led the Eagles to a Big East Tournament championship and the team's first NCAA bid since 1990 as a senior. In 2008, Hamblin was honored with an induction into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
After earning 0.84 goals against average as a senior, Hamblin was selected as an NSCAA/adidas first-team All-American. In 2000, he shut out a career-high eight opponents, including seven in Big East games. In his career, he earned 24 shutouts. Hamblin's 0.44 goals against average in conference play earned him the Goalkeeper of the Year and an All-Big East first-team selection.
Throughout college, Hamblin coached local youth soccer teams, while participating in many community programs associated with the University. For his dedication to the community, Hamblin was awarded the Brian D.A. Hall Award, BC's highest leadership honor. Boston College honored Hamblin with the 2001 Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete Award. Hamblin was also named a nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award in 2001.
A native of Bristol, England, Hamblin received his undergraduate degree in human development and communications in 2001 and earned his master's in May of 2007 in developmental and educational psychology. Hamblin currently resides in Newton, Mass., with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughters, Clara and Evie.