Leonard Hamilton - Updated Feb 2024

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Leonard Hamilton

Leonard Hamilton is an American basketball coach who is now the head coach of Florida State University’s men’s basketball team. In addition, Leonard Hamilton has also worked as the head coach of Oklahoma State University, the University of Miami, and the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association.

Early Life

James Leonard Hamilton best known as Leonard Hamilton was born on August 4, 1948, in Gastonia, North Carolina, in the United States of America. As of now, he is 73 years old and he is a citizen of America. Moreover, he is a Christian by religion and his ethnicity is unknown. In addition, he has a brother named Ray Jones who is also coaching a minor league team. Apart from that, there is no more information regarding his zodiac sign, his parents, and his childhood life. Moreover, looking at his successful career, we can presume that he was well-raised as a child.

Leonard Hamilton

Caption: Leonard Hamilton posing for a photo (Source: Tomahawk Nation)

Talking about his academic background, he enrolled at the University of Tennessee at Martin. During his college years, he played basketball for the college team.

Leonard Hamilton – Net Worth 2022

This successful coach has earned a decent amount of money throughout his career. Talking about his net worth, his net worth estimated at around $15 million, and has a massive salary of $2.25 million annually.

Professional Career

In 1971, he began his coaching career as the assistant coach of Austin Peay State University, Leonard slowly progressed through the ranks until he got his big break with the University of Kentuck in 1974. There, he won the NCAA Championship in 1978 and finished as a runner-up in 1975, and reached the Final Four in 1984. In 1986, he became the head coach for Oklahoma State University. He led the Oklahoma State Cowboys to 7th, 6th, 4th, and 5th place finishes in his four years as coach.

After that, he worked and managed the University of Miami’s Miami Hurricanes for a decade. He led his team to the NCAA Sweet 16 five times, with the NCAA Sweet 16 being the highest. In the year 2000, he was appointed as the general manager of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. The NBA, on the other hand, did not convince him to join the Wizards.

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Caption: Leonard Hamilton serving as the coach for the Florida State University men’s basketball team (Source: Tallahassee Democrat)

Instead, it was the chance to work with Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time. Even though the 2000-2001 season did not go as planned for both sides, he got significant knowledge that will help him later in his career. After he left the Washington Wizards, he managed the Florida State University’s men’s basketball team. He has been working in the team for more than 18 years.


He’s won three National Coach of the Year titles and coached 15 teams to the postseason. Likewise, he is also the seventh-winningest coach in ACC history. In addition, he was elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2021.

Leonard Hamilton

Caption: Leonard Hamilton celebrating with ACC title after his FSU men’s team won the title (Source: The Daily Nole)

Relationship Status

He married Claudette Hamilton. The couple is blessed with two kids, a daughter whose name is Allison Janae Hamilton and another kid whose name is unknown. His daughter is a photographer who also takes an interest in installation, sculpture, and taxidermy.

In 2018, Leonard was criticized for being disrespectful or grouchy to Dana Jacobson, a reporter. Dana, a reporter for Turner Sports, swiftly pointed out that this was not the case. To be clear, he delivered the interview immediately following their heartbreaking loss to Michigan. Dana went on to add how emotional the event was for the FSU team and Hamilton, their coach.

Body Measurements

This basketball coach is bald and has black eyes in color. Other than that, there is no more information regarding his height, weight, and other body measurements.

Leonard Hamilton – Social Media

Leonard Hamilton is only active on Twitter, there are more than 27.3k followers. But, the basketball coach is not present on Instagram and Facebook.