Hamblin Named Interim Head Coach of Women’s Soccer Program

Hamblin Named Interim Head Coach of Women’s Soccer Program

Hamblin finished his fifth season as an assistant coach at Harvard in 2015 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Chris Hamblin has been named the interim head coach of the women's soccer program, Harvard Athletics announced Tuesday.

Hamblin has spent the past five years as an assistant coach with the Crimson women's soccer program, providing tactical and video analysis, scouting the opposition and developing the Harvard goalkeepers. Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Durack earned second team All-Ivy honors in 2015 under Hamblin's guidance, and earned her first senior-team international appearance for England at the Cyprus Cup in 2014.

Prior to his arrival at Harvard, Hamblin spent eight years on the coaching staff at Boston College, where he helped the team advance to seven NCAA tournaments and four Sweet-16 appearances. Hamblin also serves as the director of coaching for the NEFC, where he manages and supports 70 coaches and 130 teams, and has been a U.S. Soccer National Training Center staff coach since 2014. As a player, Hamblin, a 2001 Boston College graduate, was named to the NSCAA All-America first team in 2000 as a goalkeeper.

Hamblin's appointment comes after previous head coach Ray Leone accepted the head coaching position at Maryland last week. Mike Calise will retain his role as associate head coach/recruiting coordinator during the interim period.

A national search is underway to fill the head coaching position on a permanent basis.