As a married mother of two, Deanna Hamilton recently had to put her priorities in order.
With a daughter who will soon turn 4 and a 10-month old son, Hamilton has decided it’s time to devote more time to her family.
Hamilton, the head coach of the Broadneck softball team the last nine years, recently announced her resignation from coaching. She finished with a 114-76 record as head coach.
Hamilton said she will continue as a health teacher at the school.
“It takes up so much time away from the family,” said Hamilton, who was also an assistant coach for four years prior to taking over as head coach in 2011. “It’s been a huge part of my life. It’s going to be strange moving forward.”
While the team struggled some the last two years, it was always a contender in the county under Hamilton. She helped develop several players who went on to play at the next level, including Kristina Dillard.
Dillard, Capital Gazette Newspapers 2013 Player of the Year, played at Louisville before transferring to Maryland.
More recently, Ally Thompson was a four-year All-County selection who is the Broadneck record-holder for season, career and single-game strikeouts. Dillard and Thompson had their numbers retired in 2018.
“I can look back and be proud of what I accomplished,” Hamilton said. “I’ve had a lot of great players come through, including a ton who’ve gone on to play in college. I feel like I’ve made an impact on a lot of lives.”
Hamilton, who played at Arundel, is leaving open the possibility of returning to coaching once her kids get older. She was also previously an assistant coach for the Bruins field hockey team.
“The Broadneck Athletic Department commends Mrs. Hamilton for the years of commitment to our athletic program and best wishes to her as she devotes more time to her family. During Mrs. Hamilton’s tenure as head coach, she developed a consistently competitive program,” athletic director Ken Kazmarek said in a statement.
“Most importantly, Mrs. Hamilton created an atmosphere of togetherness and respect among her student-athletes. Mrs. Hamilton’s program always conducted themselves with the highest levels of sportsmanship and class,” Kazmarek added.