|Title:||Head Coach (2013-)|
Maco "Shark" Hamilton, who built the Union High School boys' basketball program in Camas, Wash., from inception to state champion in just three years, enters his first season as the new men's basketball coach at George Fox University in 2013-14, replacing 13-year veteran Mark Sundquist, who departed to pursue other opportunities.
Hamilton, 35, 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 the 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 masters in education from City University in Vancouver in 2006.
Hamilton serves on the board of Courts for Kids, a non-profit 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. This past spring, 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.