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Head Coach Brian Hamm
Brian Hamm enters his fifth season at the helm of the Amherst baseball program holding a 96-44 (.686) overall record. During his tenure, Hamm’s teams have set program records for most wins in a single season (27), highest batting average (.349), and lowest team ERA (3.17). In 2011 and 2012, Amherst won back-to-back NESCAC West Division titles with a combined mark of 48-20 before claiming the NESCAC Championship and an automatic birth to the NCAA Tournament in 2013. The Class of 2013 became the winningest class in program history with 96 wins.
In 2011, Hamm was named NESCAC Coach of the Year. During the same campaign, the Jeffs posted their first season sweep over archrival Williams College since 2000, a feat they repeated in 2012 and 2013. Amherst also swept Wesleyan in a three-game set in 2012, resulting in a second consecutive Little Three title. The 2010 team left its mark on the program’s record book with one of the best offensive seasons in Amherst history. The Jeffs set a school record for single-season batting average (.349) thanks to eight players with at least 50 at-bats hitting .330 or higher.
Following their careers at Amherst, Hamm’s players have experienced success in professional baseball. During the past three years, four players have signed professional contracts, including Bob Cook ’13 (Alpine Cowboys -- Pecos League), Kevin Heller ’12 (drafted by Boston Red Sox in 2012 MLB Amateur Draft), Mike Samela ’12 (Worcester Tornadoes -- Can-Am League), and Ryan Healy ’11 (Moncton Mets -- New Brunswick League)
While Hamm’s teams have had great success on the field, they have also distinguished themselves in the classroom and the community. Over the past four seasons, Amherst has placed more players on the NESCAC All-Academic Team than any other NESCAC baseball team. Meanwhile, during the 2010 season, Hamm helped create and maintain a relationship with the W.E.B. Du Bois Academy in nearby Springfield, Mass. The partnership is modeled after Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities (RBI) program, a concept that Hamm wanted to bring to Western Massachusetts.
Prior to becoming head coach, Hamm served as Bill Thurston’s top assistant at Amherst for four years. Before that he spent three years as an assistant coach at Middlebury College, his alma mater. For three years, Hamm served as an envoy coach for Major League Baseball, working with amateur and professional teams in Europe. In the summer of 2009, he worked as a roaming instructor for the Dutch and Spanish Baseball Federations, coaching with junior national and national teams and evaluating their development programs. At the 2009 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention, MLB honored Hamm with the Julio Puente Envoy Coach Award, which is awarded to the envoy coach who most epitomizes excellence in coaching and player development in international baseball. He is the youngest coach to have received this award. Hamm has also served as a trainer for the Stanford University-based Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), as well as an associate director for Be Your Own Coach, an organization that has worked with MLB’s San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
Hamm also serves on Amherst's men's soccer staff, with which he has specialized as a goalkeeper coach since 2005. Hamm was two-sport athlete and two-sport captain at Middlebury, graduating in 2002. During his senior year, he was honored with the John P. Stabile Memorial Award for leadership, academic scholarship, and athletic achievement. A three-year starter in goal for Middlebury's soccer team, Hamm earned both all-conference and all-region honors twice.
Hamm holds a masters degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. He resides in Amherst with his wife, Maija Cheung.
Brian Hamm's Career Coaching Record
(5th season, 96-44 overall)