The Clarkson University Athletic Department has announced that John Hampton, who served as top assistant for the past two seasons, has been promoted as head coach for the Golden Knights’ Women’s Basketball program. Hampton’s predecessor, KJ Krasco, has taken a position at Division II Merrimack College.
Hampton becomes the 15th head coach in the history of women’s basketball at Clarkson.
“John will help preserve the momentum that the program has built under Coach Krasco over the last three years, and we were very fortunate to have such a capable replacement on staff,” Clarkson Athletic Director Steve Yianoukos said. “His knowledge of the current players and recruits should make for an easy transition, and his enthusiasm for the sport is unmatched. I fully expect that the program’s revival will continue under his guidance.”
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Hampton graduated from Division II Mansfield University in May 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. In May 2010, he earned his master’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in Organizational Leadership.
“My appointment as Clarkson’s Head Women's Basketball Coach was a surreal experience,” Hampton noted. “I count it as a blessing to continue my career at the university that provided me my first coaching job. There is no other team, or university, that I would rather work with than Clarkson. My focus is to not only win a championship, but to revitalize the spirit and tradition of a women’s basketball program that was once great.”
As a player, Hampton was selected as a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division All-Star following his senior season in which he averaged 11.8 points per game despite being saddled with injuries. A two-year captain with the Mountaineers, Hampton scored 924 career points through 98 games, and added in 333 rebounds, 185 assists and 155 steals. The team’s MVP after his junior year, Hampton averaged 14.6 ppg in 2006-07.