Matt Hamilton will finish season with Lake Creek before taking over as Bears head coach
Montgomery ISD has selected Matt Hamilton as the Varsity Golf Coach for Montgomery HS. Hamilton is currently the Assistant Coach at hometown rival Lake Creek HS and will finish the season with Lake Creek girls and boys teams attending the State Tournament in May.
Returning to his hometown in the summer of 2022 as the Assistant Coach, under former Bears teammate Sam Hochauser, may have been viewed by many as a step down after already being a successful 6A head coach. Matt Hamilton finds the experience has been invaluable as he now prepares to lead what many consider to be the most successful golf program in Texas high school history.
“Being a part of the Lake Creek success this last year has been the best decision I could’ve made,” Hamilton said. “I’ve come to learn how to coach a state-contending program, how to be most effective in qualifying players for tournaments and have been able to get adjusted to the way Montgomery ISD does things. It couldn’t have been a better experience!”
With the retirement of long time Bears coach Kirk Thomason, Hamilton admits he has big shoes to fill and is excited for the opportunity. Montgomery Bears Golf holds 24 team medals and eight individual medals at State, while also holding the record for most consecutive State Championships in UIL Texas History.
“There’s such a rich tradition of success when you look at Montgomery golf,” Hamilton said. “Thomason and Herridge (Rusty) and the foundation they have built. I’m excited to have been able to learn from them and to have the opportunity to follow in their footsteps.”
Hamilton graduated from Montgomery HS in 2011 as a golf and basketball letterman and is a University of Texas graduate with a degree in Mathematics. He is married to his wife Jenny and is the proud father of three young children, Ellie- age 4, Joanna- age 3, and Luke- age 1.
Before coming to Lake Creek HS, Hamilton was the Head Coach at Bryan HS for three years, growing a program that only had seven golfers in 2019, to having over 20 players and a junior high program developed by the time he left in 2022. Hamilton is committed to educating and coaching kids through building relationships and personal accountability and the Montgomery Bears are excited to welcome him back “home”.
“Matt not only comes to us with head coach experience, but he is a member of Montgomery’s golf history and is familiar with the deep-rooted traditions of this very successful program,” Montgomery HS Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Grant Cooper said. “He has done a great job as an assistant at Lake Creek this year and we’re excited to get him wearing purple again.”