Hobart and William Smith name Seraphine as new Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Hobart and William Smith Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Brian Miller recently announced that William Smith alum, Seraphine Hamilton ’06, will serve as the next head coach of the William Smith basketball program. She replaces Lindsay Sharman, who stepped away from coaching after leading the Herons for the past 18 seasons.

“We are thrilled to welcome Seraphine back to Geneva to lead the William Smith basketball program,” says Miller. “Her passion for HWS and appreciation for this place came shining through during the search process. I have 100% confidence in her ability to attract, develop and mentor the next generation of Herons, helping them be their very best both on and off the court.”

Hamilton was a two-sport athlete at William Smith, playing for both the basketball and soccer teams. In her time as a Heron, Hamilton led the basketball team to a 64-42 record, including back-to-back 20-win seasons, two Liberty League Championships and one NCAA tournament appearance. On the pitch, she was a two-time NSCAA All-American defender that led the Herons to a pair of NCAA soccer tournament appearances.

A 2022 Heron Hall of Honor inductee, Hamilton excelled in her athletic and academic pursuits. She earned the 2004 Hazel Nettleship Hardy ’65 Award, the 2005 Susan Bassett Award, and the 2006 Marion Harrison Greene ’20 Award.  

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Africana studies and English in 2006, Hamilton obtained a master’s degree in African studies from Yale University. She returned to her alma mater as an assistant basketball coach from 2015-2017. In 2016, Sharman and Hamilton were named the Liberty League Co-Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Herons to a 17-9 record and the second seed in the Liberty League tournament.

“My time at William Smith (both as an athlete and a coach) was formative,” said Hamilton. “I’m thrilled to fly back home to pay forward all of the meaningful mentorship that I’ve been gifted as a member of the community.”

Since her time at William Smith, Hamilton has spent time as an educator and coach at the high school level. She was an English teacher, head varsity soccer coach and assistant varsity basketball coach at Newark Academy before accepting a new position at Princeton Day School where she spent the last five years as an upper school English teacher, the assistant varsity soccer coach, and the head varsity basketball coach. Hamilton also spent time on the Admissions Committee and was the Dean of the Class of 2024.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of women’s basketball,” said Hamilton. “The opportunity to lead this generation of Herons is humbling and fills me with gratitude. Let’s get to work!”


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