Pep Hamilton Named Wide Receivers Coach
March 9, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and head coach Jim Harbaugh has named Pep Hamilton wide receivers coach for the 2010 season.
Hamilton comes to Stanford from the Chicago Bears, where he spent the last three seasons (2007-09) as the team's quarterbacks coach.
A veteran of seven seasons coaching in the NFL, Hamilton also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers (2006) and the New York Jets (2003-06) before joining the Bears coaching staff for the 2007 season.
'Pep Hamilton is an outstanding fit for our staff, both in our personality and in what we stand for,' said Harbaugh. 'I value his experience at the highest level, and I am excited for his experience in the passing game of this offense. This will be a very smooth transition; Pep speaks our nomenclature.
'I am enthused for our players to learn from Coach Hamilton in their technique, fundamentals and the West Coast Offense. Their growth will come not only at their position, but also in understanding how the entire offense fits together. I feel that we have added in Pep another coordinator-level coach to the Stanford program and offense.'
In his final season with the Bears, Hamilton tutored Jay Cutler as the Bears quarterback set single-season franchise records for completions (336) and passing attempts (555). Cutler also finished second in the team's single season annals for passing yards (3,666) and third in passing touchdowns (27). His 60.5 completion percentage was the fifth-best single-season mark in Bears history.
In 2009, Hamilton helped quarterback Kyle Orton to compile the fifth highest completion percentage in team history (58.5, 465 of 272, minimum 300 attempts). Orton also finished sixth in franchise annals in passing yards (2,972), tied for ninth in touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.5, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions) and 13th in passer rating (79.6).
Under Hamilton's direction, Orton threw a string of 205 passes without an interception during the 2008 season, the longest streak in franchise history. Orton did not throw an interception in nine of his 15 starts last year, tied for fourth most in the NFL.
A year earlier, Orton, Rex Grossman and Brian Griese led a passing attack that finished with the third-most gross passing yards in team history (3,701).
Hamilton spent the 2006 season as the offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers, where he helped quarterback Alex Smith become the first signal-caller in team history to take every snap from center over an entire campaign while completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,890 yards with 16 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 74.8 passer rating.
Before joining the 49ers, Hamilton spent three seasons with the New York Jets, joining the team as offensive quality control coach in 2003. In 2004, he was elevated to offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach where he was charged with the responsibility of acclimating free agent QB Quincy Carter to the Jets offensive system. With Hamilton's tutelage, Carter led New York to a 2-1 record in three starts. Hamilton was named the team's wide receivers coach for the 2005 season, helping Laveranues Coles catch 73 passes for 845 yards with five touchdowns to rank 14th among AFC receivers.
Hamilton got his first NFL experience working as a summer coaching intern with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000 and the Washington Redskins in 2001 and a pro personnel intern with the Baltimore Ravens during the summer of 2002.
Hamilton began his coaching career at his alma mater of Howard University, where he served as the Bison's quarterbacks coach from 1997-2001. He also took on duties as the team's offensive coordinator for three seasons (1999-2001).
A former college quarterback, Hamilton earned Howard's scholar-athlete award two consecutive seasons in 1995 and '96 before earning his business degree in 1997. Pep and his wife have two daughters.