Chris Hamblin, a former All-American goalkeeper at Boston College, as well as a former assistant coach with the Boston Breakers, has joined the Harvard women's soccer staff as an assistant coach, according to an announcement made by head coach Ray Leone.
Hamblin, who served as an assistant coach with the Boston Breakers in 2010, was an associate head coach at Boston College from 2001-2009. At BC, Hamblin helped the Eagles reach the NCAA tournament seven times and advance to the Sweet 16 on four separate occasions.
In addition to his coaching duties at Boston College, Hamblin was the head coach of the New England Eagles FC, which captured the state title in 2005, 2006 and 2010. He is also a Region 1 Olympic Development Program staff member and holds a NSCAA Advanced National license. In 2010, Hamblin was tabbed the Mass Youth Soccer Competitive Coach of the Year.
Hamblin began his coaching career immediately after graduating from BC in 2001. As an undergraduate, Hamblin was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Boston College men's team. He led the Eagles to a Big East Tournament championship and the team's first NCAA bid since 1990 as a senior. In 2008, Hamblin was honored with an induction into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
After earning 0.84 goals against average as a senior, Hamblin was selected as an NSCAA/adidas first-team All-American. In 2000, he shut out a career-high eight opponents, including seven in Big East games. In his career, he earned 24 shutouts. Hamblin's 0.44 goals against average in conference play earned him the Goalkeeper of the Year and an All-Big East first-team selection.
Throughout college, Hamblin coached local youth soccer teams, while participating in many community programs associated with the University. For his dedication to the community, Hamblin was awarded the Brian D.A. Hall Award, BC's highest leadership honor. Boston College honored Hamblin with the 2001 Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete Award. Hamblin was also named a nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award in 2001.
A native of Bristol, England, Hamblin received his undergraduate degree in human development and communications in 2001 and earned his master's in May of 2007 in developmental and educational psychology. Hamblin currently resides in Newton, Mass., with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughther, Clara.