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Hamilton College Women’s Hockey Head Coach moves on

Former Continentals Head Coach Emily McNamara watches her team from the Hamilton bench. Photo credit: Scott Kinville

Hamilton College Women’s Hockey Head Coach Emily McNamara is leaving the Continentals to take a coaching position with Middlebury.

By Scott Kinville/CNY Hockey Report

The Hamilton College Women’s Hockey Team had its most successful season in 2022-23. They will now have to carry on without the head coach that led them to those heights.

Emily McNamara guided the Continentals to a 22-6-2 record last season leading to the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They advanced all the way to the semifinals before being eliminated by the third-ranked Amherst Mammoths.

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Despite the overwhelmingly successful season, McNamara is leaving the Continentals to take the assistant coach position at NESCAC rival the Middlebury Panthers. The former Hamilton College Women’s Hockey bench boss is no stranger to Middlebury, as she had a standout playing career at the school from 2003 to 2007. After graduation, she became an assistant coach at her alma mater for the next four seasons. Ironically, she left Middlebury in 2012 to become the head coach at Hamilton College, a post she held until today’s announcement.

McNamara was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2017 and compiled an overall record of 135-85-23 while at Hamilton. She was also named the American Hockey Coaches Association Women’s Division III Coach of the Year in May of 2023.

McNamara’s replacement will be announced at a later date. For more information about Hamilton College Women’s Hockey, visit

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