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Dr. Harriet Hamilton
Interim Director of Tennis
Dr. Harriet Hamilton

Dr. Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from Fisk University in 1975 and her M.S. degree in Physical Education from Florida State University in 1976. In 2003, she received her doctorate in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University. As a pioneer at the grassroots level of sports, she was a Title IX advocate, an Athletic Director, Coach, Teacher, and Scholar.

She played on Fisk’s first women basketball team. Later as a coach, she was the first coach at Fisk to win a conference women’s basketball championship, a volleyball championship and a tennis championship. Dr. Hamilton made history in 1982 when both her men and women tennis teams won the SIAC Conference Tennis Championship in the same year as a female coach. In 1985, she became the first African-American woman in the nation to become an Athletic Director at an NCAA Division III institution at Fisk University.

On the national level, she was the first chair of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Committee. She served on the ABA-USA Women’s Basketball Games Committee that selected the 1984 Women’s Basketball Gold Medal Olympic Team. She has received national awards from the Women’s Sport Foundation, the National Association of Girls and Women in Sports when she was given the prestigious Dr. Neil C. Jackson Award. In 2012, she was inducted into the Temple University Women’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.

In 2015, Dr. Kimbro-Hamilton published her first book called “Daddy’s Scrapbook: Henry Kimbro of the Negro Baseball League, A Daughter’s Perspective. The story of her father and his sixteen years in the Negro Baseball League. The book received the Robert Peterson Award at the 19th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Kansas, Mo.

Dr. Hamilton was inducted into the Fisk University’s Sports Hall of Fame on November 11, 2017. Today she is an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University teaching graduate classes for the Sport Administration program in the Human Performance and Sport Science Department.

She is married to a TSU Alum, Herbert Hamilton, and has one son Patrick Hamilton.