January 25, 2005

Former Crusader Basketball Captain Dies

Jan. 25, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - Gordon Hamilton, the co-captain of the 1994-95 Holy Cross men's basketball team, died Sunday in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike while returning from the NFC Championship game in Philadelphia.

Hamilton was the serving as the head boys' basketball coach at the Watkinson School in Hartford, Conn. He was also employed by the Hartford Health and Human Services department as a coach/counselor at one of the city's community youth centers.

Hamilton was a two-year starter for the Crusaders, scoring 717 points in his career - including 693 in his final two years when he averaged 12.6 points per game. He averaged a career-best 14.3 points per game as a senior.

He earned All-Patriot League honors as a senior, and Patriot League All-Tournament honors as a junior after scoring a career-high 37 points in a win over Bucknell in the quarterfinals. The 37 points were a Patriot League tournament record at the time.

As a team, the Crusaders were 70-44 in his four years, including a 24-6 mark in 1992-93 when Hamilton was part of the first Holy Cross team to make the NCAA Tournament since 1980.

Hamilton led the Crusaders in both steals and assists as a junior and a senior, and still holds the HC single-season record for steals with 78. His 143 career steals are sixth best in school history.

After graduating from Holy Cross, Hamilton played professional basketball abroad for a few years, before returning home and serving as an assistant basketball coach at Central Connecticut State University. He also served in the same capacity at Binghamton before taking the job at the Watkinson School four years ago.

Hamilton leaves his wife, Chastity and an 11-month old son, Noah Todd.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to a college scholarship fund for Hamilton's son, Noah Todd. The donations may be sent to the Noah Todd Hamilton Scholarship, c/o Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation Inc, 2322-24 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19132.