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Kelsy Ross was chosen 2015 NESCAC Coach of the Year in her fifth season as head coach of women's soccer at Bates College. Ross guided the Bobcats to their best record in league play since 2005, turning in a mark of 4-3-3 to finish the regular season in fifth place in the conference. As a result, Bates made its first NESCAC postseason appearance since 2010 and its second appearance in nine seasons. The Bobcats finished the season at 7-6-3 overall, registering their best winning percentage since 2006.
Ross is a graduate of the 2018 NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #44 that was held in Denver, CO. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, hosted in partnership between the Alliance of Women Coaches and the NCAA, is a 4-day educational training available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels, and is designed for women coaches who are ready to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success.
She holds a United Soccer Coaches Special Topics diploma in Systems of Play, and a National Federation of High School (NFHS) Professional Development Certificate.
In 2014, Ross led the Bobcats to their most wins since 2006, as the team won six of its first eight games, including two overtime victories against in-conference NESCAC opponents Trinity and Wesleyan.
Ross has guided the team to an increased tactical and formational flexibility during her time as the program’s leader. The Bobcats have demonstrated a renewed commitment under her guidance, and the team has made a number of internal developments.
In 2011, Ross helped develop back Elizabeth “Bud” Arens ’13 and goalkeeper Annie Burns ’12 into Second Team All-NESCAC level players.
She earned her NSCAA Advanced Coaching License in June of 2013 after gaining an NSCAA National Coaching License in June of 2012. In 2015, Ross completed the NSCAA Level One Goal Keeper Diploma for Team Coaches as well.
With her coaching savvy, drive and enthusiasm, Ross made an immediately strong and positive impact on the team in the 2010 season, assisting former head coach Jim Murphy in his final season of leading the team. Under Murphy and Ross, the Bobcats finished the season 6-8-2 overall and made it to the semifinals of the NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time since 2006. The team upset No. 1-seeded Tufts in the quarterfinals of the tournament marking the first time that a No. 8 seed had defeated a No. 1 seed in the NESCAC women’s soccer tournament.
A graduate of Greely High School in nearby Cumberland, Maine, Ross played varsity soccer and basketball at Roanoke College in Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in communications in 2005. She held various coaching and athletic administration positions at Greely, Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth high schools while working towards her master’s degree in physical education from Springfield College. At Springfield, Ross worked as a graduate assistant in the athletic department and was head coach of the Pride’s junior varsity women’s soccer team, which finished as the runner-up for the NEWMAC conference championship in 2009.
In the spring of 2015, Ross coached the 98/99 Girls Maine Olympic Development (ODP) team. Ross also served as assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Bates in the 2010-11 season, helping Murphy coach the Bobcats to a 17-8 record, their finest since 2006.
A graduate of St. Lawrence University, 2018 marks Amanda Hamilton's third year on the Bates coaching staff. She played four years of varsity soccer at St. Lawrence and was part of program that saw its first NCAA championships appearance since 1989 as well as two consecutive Liberty League finals appearances.
"Hammy's ability to navigate the coaching scene so quickly after her own collegiate experience has been impressive," head coach Kelsy Ross said. "While overseeing the technical development of our players, she has brought an irreplaceable energy to our training sessions, that carries through to game day."
Hamilton also coaches with the Seacoast Girls' Soccer Clubs Junior Academy Program
Hamilton earned All-Academic Liberty League honors all four years at St. Lawrence and interned with the SLU department of athletics in a variety of roles.
Hamilton was a coerver coach for four years with the Lake Placid Soccer Centre working with internationally renowned players and coaches. She was an assistant and a head club coach for U12, U14 & U16 Girls FC Freeze teams out of Canton, N.Y. She also has experience working with recruiting camps at St. Lawrence and Dartmouth.
Matt Williams works with the women's and men's soccer teams' goalkeepers. He spent 2015 and 2016 as the goalkeeping coach with NESCAC foe Colby. Prior to his time with the Mules, Williams was the goalkeeping coach at Division 1 Wright State, aiding coach Bryan Davis in all facets of the program but specializing in team travel, budget, and compliance. Williams spent one year with the Raiders and helped lead them to the Horizon League final, where they ultimately fell short to Oakland University.
"We are thrilled to have Matt's expertise on the sidelines this fall," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "Not all players of his caliber are able to shift gears and coach at a similar level but his ability to teach the game is top-notch. His love for the game is contagious and that's invaluable at our level."
A product of Cheverus High School in his native Portland, Maine, Williams was heavily recruited by several Division 1 schools and ultimately landed in the Big East at the University of Cincinnati. A three-year starter for the Bearcats, Williams was named Third Team all Big East his senior year while setting the single season goals against average in school history. Coach Williams finished his career with the second most shutouts at UC.
After a successful career at UC, Williams spent three seasons in the USLPro, now known as the USL, the second tier in the American Soccer Pyramid below the MLS. In each of his three seasons, Williams lead the league in saves while manning the net for the Dayton Dutch Lions. In his three-year pro career, Williams made 84 professional appearances.
After the 2014 USLPro season, Williams retired from professional soccer.