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Leonard Hamilton

Leonard Hamilton
Hamilton in 2013
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Florida State
Record 241–156
Biographical details
Born (1948-08-04) August 4, 1948
Gastonia, North Carolina
Playing career
Gaston CC
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Austin Peay (asst.)
Kentucky (asst.)
Oklahoma State
Miami (Florida)
Washington Wizards
Florida State
Head coaching record
Overall 441–366
Accomplishments and honors
1 Big East Regular Season (2000)
1 ACC Tournament (2012)
UPI National Coach of the Year (1995)
Big East Coach of the Year (1995, 1999)
ACC Coach of the Year (2009, 2012)

Leonard Hamilton (born August 4, 1948) is an American basketball coach and the current men's basketball head coach at Florida State University. He is a former head coach at Oklahoma State University, the University of Miami, and for the National Basketball Association's Washington Wizards. In his 23 years as a collegiate head coach, his teams have qualified for seven NCAA tournaments and eight NITs, highlighted by appearances in the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet Sixteen" in 2000 (with Miami) and 2011 (with Florida State). While with the NBA's Wizards his team posted a 19–63 record during his sole season with the franchise in 2000–01.


  • Biography 1
  • Head coaching record 2
    • College 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Hamilton played college basketball at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Hamilton is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. His brother, Ray Jones, coaches a minor league team.

Hamilton was an assistant coach and associate head coach at the University of Kentucky from 1974 to 1986 under then head coach Joe B. Hall. Hamilton was on the staffs of the Kentucky teams that finished as the NCAA runner up in 1975, won the 1978 NCAA Championship and went to the 1984 Final Four.

Hamilton was named ACC Coach of the Year on March 10, 2009, and a second time in 2012.[1] Hamilton is the first coach to be named coach of the year in both the Big East and ACC.

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big Eight Conference) (1986–1990)
1986–87 Oklahoma State 8–20 4–10 7th
1987–88 Oklahoma State 14–16 4–10 T–6th
1988–89 Oklahoma State 17–13 7–7 T–4th NIT Second Round
1989–90 Oklahoma State 17–14 6–8 5th NIT Second Round
Oklahoma State: 56–63 (.471) 21–35 (.375)
Miami Hurricanes (NCAA Division I Independent) (1990–1991)
1990–91 Miami 9–19
Miami Hurricanes (Big East Conference) (1991–2000)
1991–92 Miami 8–24 1–17 10th
1992–93 Miami 10–17 7–11 9th
1993–94 Miami 7–20 0–18 10th
1994–95 Miami 15–13 9–9 5th NIT First Round
1995–96 Miami 15–13 8–10 4th (Big East 7)
1996–97 Miami 16–13 9–9 T–4th (Big East 7) NIT First Round
1997–98 Miami 18–10 11–7 2nd (Big East 7) NCAA First Round
1998–99 Miami 23–7 15–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
1999–00 Miami 23–11 13–3 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Miami: 144–147 (.495) 73–87 (.456)
Florida State Seminoles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2002–present)
2002–03 Florida State 14–15 4–12 9th
2003–04 Florida State 19–14 6–10 T–7th NIT Second Round
2004–05 Florida State 12–19 4–12 T–10th
2005–06 Florida State 20–10 9–7 5th NIT Second Round
2006–07 Florida State 22–13 7–9 T–8th NIT Quarterfinals
2007–08 Florida State 19–15 7–9 T–7th NIT First Round
2008–09 Florida State 25–10 10–6 4th NCAA First Round
2009–10 Florida State 22–10 10–6 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2010–11 Florida State 23–11 11–5 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011–12 Florida State 25–10 12–4 3rd NCAA Second Round
2012–13 Florida State 18–16 9–9 6th NIT First Round
2013–14 Florida State 22–14 9–9 T–7th NIT Semifinals
2014–15 Florida State 4–4 0–0
Florida State: 245–161 (.603) 98–98 (.500)
Total: 445–371 (.545)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ . 6 March 2012 Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

External links

  • Florida State profile
  • Leonard Hamilton
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