Maco "Shark" Hamilton, who built the Union High School boys' basketball program in Camas, Wash., from inception to state champion in just three years, took charge of the George Fox program prior to the 2013-14 season.
Hamilton will enter his fifth season at the helm of the men's basketball program for the 2017-18 season.
Last season (2016-17), Hamilton guided the Bruins to their best conference finish since the 2012-13 season with a fourth seed in the Northwest Conference Tournament. It marked just the fourth time the Bruins reached the tournament since the program joined the NWC in 1995-96. The Bruins went 10-16 on the season and 8-8 in conference play. Senior JJ Lacey eclipsed 1,000 points in his career, and Hamilton graduated his first four-year class. The Bruins were second in the conference in 3-point pct. (38.8), but recorded 100 more attempts than the conference best. Hamilton had two players earn All-NWC, as Lacey was named All-NWC first team and Thomas Rico earned All-NWC honorable mention.
In the 2015-16 season, the Bruins went 7-18 and 4-12 in conference play. They averaged 72.8 points per game and made the second most threes in the NWC (218). The Bruins were also T-third in the NWC in 3-point percentage (37.2). The Bruins moved up in the rankings on defense as well with an average of 9.1 steals per game, which was the second best in conference.
In his second season (2014-15), Hamilton led the Bruins to a 5-20 record and 3-13 in the Northwest Conference. The Bruins were third in the NWC in points per game with 75.4 and second in 3-points attempts and makes with 216 and 619, respectively.
In his first season (2013-14), the Bruins went 16-9 and 9-7 in conference play. They averaged 88.5 points per game, which ranked them among the Top 10 in NCAA Division III.
Hamilton was Union's first boys' basketball coach when the school opened in 2007. In 2009-10, his team won the Washington state championship in Class 3A, the state's second-highest classification. He was named the 2010 Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association 3A Coach of the Year for that accomplishment. He also won or shared the 4A Greater St. Helens League Coach of the Year awards each of his last three seasons.
With teams known for their fast-paced offenses and pressure defenses, Union went 95-56 (.629) under Hamilton in its first six years of existence, winning three league and two district titles, three state tournament trophies, and one state championship. Union finished seventh in the 2008-09 3A state tournament and third in the 2011-12 4A state tournament.
Hamilton has strong basketball connections in Oregon and Washington. He played at Fort Vancouver High School, Mt. Hood Community College (1998-99) and Eastern Oregon University (1999-01). He has assisted at Mountain View High School in Vancouver (2001-03; 04-06), the University of Portland (2003-04) and Ridgefield (Wash.) High School (2006-07).
A 2001 graduate of Eastern Oregon in business administration management, Hamilton worked as a multicultural youth outreach coordinator and student advocate at Mountain View (2001-06) and as a guidance counselor at Ridgefield (2006-07) and Union (2007-13). He earned his master’s in education from City University in Vancouver in 2006.
Hamilton serves on the board of Courts for Kids, a nonprofit organization that sends sports teams to economically disadvantaged areas where they partner with local organizations to build courts for use by youth. He has joined Courts for Kids trips to the Philippines, Uganda and Costa Rica. Recently, he joined a U.S. Department of State-funded trip to lead a coaches' clinic in Uganda, where he worked with more than 200 coaches. In 2001, he played on an Athletes in Action basketball team that traveled through Kenya playing professional teams.
Hamilton and his wife Shayna have three beautiful children, Mia, Kyrie and Naomi. They reside in Camas, Washington.