Leadership Academy

The Hamilton College department of athletics and physical education has developed a leadership academy that will challenge, support and grow student leaders within athletics and for life.

About The Program

2018-19 Cohort

August 21, 2018
October 25, 2018 - postponed
February 28, 2019

2019-20 Cohort 

April 19, 2019
August 2020


August Session Presenter

Kevin Ward - CEO, The Forward Group

Kevin's interest in coaching was sparked by time spent working with John Harbaugh and Rex Ryan.  After trying out for several NFL teams, Kevin put his enthusiasm and focus to work in corporate America at GE Capital and SC Johnson for a number of years.  It was this experience that led Kevin to discover and hone his coaching skills, harnessing a dynamic blend of sports and business psychology with insights into personal growth.  Channeling his talent and energy into the Forward Group, Kevin leads a small team of seasoned consultants and coaches.  His team thrives on helping individuals grow FORWARD.


February Session Presenters

Linda Reynolds - Assistant Athletic Director, Binghamton University

Linda Reynolds, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development, guides the development of Binghamton University student-athletes through mentoring, community outreach, and programming efforts. She and Bowers co-lead the Athletic Leadership Institute, Explore, Engage and B You — a three-year program funded by a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Choices grant. Linda is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Community Research and Action from Binghamton University.

Kristie Bowers - Assistant Athletic Director, Binghamton University

Kristie Bowers completed her seventh year in the department in 2017-18, now serving as Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support and Development. In that role, she is the academic advisor for men’s basketball, men’s soccer and softball and is co-leader of the Athletics Leadership Institute, Explore, Engage and B You. Bowers earned both her Bachelor’s degree (2003) and Doctorate from Binghamton University in Community and Public Affairs in 2017.


The Hamilton Athletics Leadership Committee

Rob Haberbusch, Head Men's Hockey Coach
Patty Kloidt, Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
Emily McNamara, Head Women's Hockey Coach
Miriam Merrill, Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator
Dave Murray, Head Football Coach

Departmental oversight by Jon Hind '80, Director of Athletics