Kaitlyn Eager

Kaitlyn Eager

Kaitlyn Eager enters her third season at the helm of the Franklin & Marshall College field hockey program in 2019.

Last year, Eager and the Diplomats continued their tradition of excellence with the program's fifth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and 10th-straight winning season after culminating the 2018 campaign with a 17-4, 9-1 CC mark. As a team, F&M set the single-season record for goals against average (0.66) to surpass the 2012 squad (0.95). The defense also set the record for shutouts with 13 on the year, passing the 2014 team at 12.

Eager took over the program in 2017 and guided Diplomats field hockey to one of the most successful campaigns in its storied history. That season featured an 18-4, 9-1 Centennial Conference (CC) record, the team’s first CC Title since 2012 and the program’s first Final Four appearance since 1983. F&M toppled Johns Hopkins by a 2-1 score in the CC Championship on November 5th and advanced to the Final Four with a 2-0 shutout of No. 8 Kean on Nov. 12. Eager and her staff were honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) as the Regional Coaching Staff of the Year for the South Region. 

F&M Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps announced the hiring of Hamilton as the program's 13th head coach in August 2017. 

Eager spent the 2016 season as head field hockey coach at York College, where she guided the Spartans to a 13-6 record and a 4-2 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). York advanced to the CAC Semifinals and saw five Spartans named to the All-Conference team following her first season at the helm. 

During a highly-successful, six-season stint at F&M from 2010-15 when she went by Kaitlyn Hamilton, the Diplomats tallied a 97-22 record, won the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship in 2012, and registered a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in both 2011 and 2014. 

Before the start of her coaching career, Eager was a four-year letter winner at William Smith College, finishing her career with the Herons as a two-time All-American and a four-time All-Region and All-Liberty League selection, while also being named to Liberty League Rookie of the Year.

She was also recognized as a two-time winner of William Smith's Charles P. Boswell II '50 Field Hockey Award, assisted in capturing two Liberty League Championships, and scored two goals in the Division III NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. Eager graduated from William Smith College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Studies, before completing her Master’s of Education Degree in Sports Management from Millersville University in May 2012.

Eager File
  Overall CC Conference  
Year Won Loss Pct. Won Loss Pct. Accolades
2017 18 4 .818 9 1 .900 CC Championship; NCAA Final Four
2018 17 4 .810 9 1 .900 NCAA Sweet 16
2 Seasons 35 8 .814 18 2 .900  

Updated 2/15/19 | BW