GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College Director of Athletics Tom Palombo announced the addition of Matt Gustafson and Clayton Hamilton ’12 to the Quakers’ athletics staff Thursday. Gustafson comes to Guilford an assistant athletic trainer, while Hamilton returns to his alma mater as an assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach.
Matt Gustafson, who will work closely with the Quakers’ football and men’s lacrosse teams, earned his master’s degree in athletic training from nearby UNC Greensboro last May. While pursuing the degree, he earned practical experience with teams and students from UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University and Page High School. Gustafson provided athletic training services to teams at Portland State University as an undergraduate at Pacific University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine in 2008. The Oregon native earned his athletic training board certification last May and is a member of the Athletic Training Education Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Hamilton wasted no time before starting his coaching career, joining the Quakers’ staff soon after his graduation from Guilford. He served as the Quakers’ tennis captain in both of his seasons on the team after transferring to Guilford from neighboring Greensboro College.
Hamilton twice earned Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference recognition. He received the honor for his play at third singles in 2012 after compiling a 13-7 singles record. He paired with Tyler Mercier at first doubles and logged a 16-6 doubles mark. As a junior Hamilton went 10-12 in singles, mostly at the number-two flight, and earned all-conference honors for his efforts at first doubles where he and Mercier went 13-7 (12-4 ODAC). For his Guilford career, Hamilton recorded a 23-19 singles record and went 29-13 in doubles. He was a three-time member of Guilford’s Student-Athlete Honor Roll.
A native of Greensboro, Hamilton graduated from Page High School.