Hamblin Named Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Soccer

Hamblin Named Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Soccer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Chris Hamblin, who has been a part of three Ivy League Championship teams as an assistant coach with the Crimson, has been promoted to The Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer, announced Friday by Harvard Athletics and Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics.

"We are very pleased to announce Chris Hamblin's promotion to guide the Harvard women's soccer program," said Scalise. "After a thorough national search, it was clear to us that the right leader for this program was right here on our campus. His commitment to the education of student-athletes, both in the classroom and on the playing field, makes him an ideal fit for our department and institution."

Hamblin has spent the past five years as an assistant coach with the Crimson women's soccer program, providing tactical and video analysis, scouting the opposition and developing the Harvard goalkeepers. He has helped lead the Crimson to three Ivy League Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and has mentored 13 first team All-Ivy selections during his time in Cambridge.

"I am honored and excited to be named the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer," said Hamblin. "I would like to thank athletic director Bob Scalise, senior associate director of athletics Nathan Fry, the Branca family and the entire search committee for the opportunity to follow coach Leone and build upon the tradition of success enjoyed by the Harvard women's soccer program."

Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Durack earned second team All-Ivy honors in 2015 under Hamblin's guidance, and earned her first senior-team international appearance for England at the Cyprus Cup in 2014. Cheta Emba '15 and Bethany Kanten '15 also earned All-Ancient Eight nods between the posts under Hamblin's tutelage.

"I'm thrilled that associate head coach Mike Calise will continue as recruiting coordinator for the program," noted Hamblin. "Mike and I are very much looking forward to getting to work and developing the team this offseason."

Prior to his arrival at Harvard, Hamblin spent eight years on the coaching staff at Boston College, where he helped the team advance to seven NCAA tournaments and four Sweet-16 appearances. Hamblin also serves as the director of coaching for the NEFC, where he manages and supports 70 coaches and 130 teams, and has been a U.S. Soccer National Training Center staff coach since 2014. As a player, Hamblin, a 2001 Boston College graduate, was named to the NSCAA All-America first team in 2000 as a goalkeeper.

Harvard posted an 8-7-2 mark in 2015, finishing second in the Ivy League with a 5-1-1 record. The Crimson had eight student-athletes honored with postseason awards, which was the highest total in the conference.