Steve Hamilton was born and raised in Emmetsburg, Iowa. While in high school Hamilton was a 4x State Place finisher and a 2X State Champ. Hamilton was also in the top 8 in the country three times in high school,reaching the top 8 at Junior nationals his Sophomore year and 3rd and 2nd in the country his final two years.
After high school, Hamilton earned All-America status four times at Iowa State for Head Coach Jim Gibbons. He joined Cael Sanderson as one of 8 Cyclones wrestlers to have the title of four-time All-America. As a freshman, Hamilton placed seventh at the NCAA Championships at 158 pounds. He finished third at the NCAAs in 1990 at 158, second in 1991 at 150 and third in 1992 at 167. Hamilton won 123 career matches which ranks 10th on the school’s all-time wins chart. He was voted the school’s most valuable wrestler as a junior and senior. He graduated from Iowa State in 1992 with a degree in History Education.
After college Hamilton continued to compete on the national and international level for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club under Dan Gable. Hamilton was a club coach under Gable from 1992-1997. Hamilton was a member of the 1993 U.S. Freestyle Team. He placed fifth at the U.S. Nationals in 1993 and eighth in 1994, took second at the Sunkist Open in 1993 and third in 1994, and finished in fifth place at the 1995 Grand Prix Slovakia, and the Medved Grand Prix. He won the Olympic Trials South in 1996.
Hamilton began his collegiate coaching career at Northern Iowa where he served under Head Coach Mark Manning from 1997-2000. Hamilton helped the Panthers move from 50th place in the country to a top 11th place finish in third year of coaching at the program. Northern Iowa also crowned its first National Champion in 36 years, and had 4 All-Americans during Manning and Hamilton’s tenure. Hamilton followed Manning to Nebraska in 2000, He spent two seasons from 2000-02 as an assistant coach under Mark Manning at Nebraska.. Hamilton helped coach seven All-Americans as Nebraska finished eighth at the NCAA Championships in both of his seasons.
In 2004 Hamilton joined the University of Tennessee/Chattanooga staff as an Assistant Coach under Terry Brands. During his time at UTC Hamilton helped coach 2 All-American and help UTC place 24th in the country, the second highest finish in school history
After his tenure at UTC Hamilton coached at the high school level till 2015. While coaching in high school Hamilton had 33 state qualifiers, 18 state place finishers and 3 state champions. .
Currently Steve is coaching at the private level, working with youth wrestlers from Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.