Under head coach Josh Hillman, junior Sam Goldenring established himself as the top male golfer in NCAA Division III by winning medalist honors at the 2019 NCAA DIII Championship.
Hillman was named the fourth men's head coach/golf pro in Williams College history December 17, 2012. Prior to returning to Williams College and Taconic Golf Club, Hillman served as the head pro at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield — a position he had held for five years. Hillman was an assistant men's and women's coach at Williams from 2006 to 2009 under recently retired Rick Pohle.
"I am very pleased that Josh has been selected as the next men's golf coach at Williams," said Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy. "He is well known to our community and brings with him a wealth of golf knowledge and talent. We had an excellent pool for the job, and Josh distinguished himself among that group. His background as a former collegiate player and assistant college golf coach will serve him well as he begins his work with the Williams men's golf team. I am looking forward to working with him."
Hillman's specific areas of expertise include: tournament operations, instruction, club relations and communication, as well as maintaining an established budget. He is a Class "A" Member of the PGA of America (Northeastern New York PGA Section), a member of the National Golf Coaches Association of America, a member of the A.W. Tillinghast Society, a USGA member and a Titleist staff member.
"This is my dream job," Hillman said. "Angie, Jacob and I are ecstatic, I can't wait to get started and live up to the standards set by my three predecessors at Taconic. This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to working with everyone at the college, the Club and the community to make their experience at Taconic the best it can be."
Hillman won the 2012 Northeastern New York PGA Section, the third time he has done so in the past six years. He was also the 2011 NENY PGA Rolland Stafford Award recipient, taking home the sportsmanship of the year award.
He took over a Williams men's golf team which had a fantastic previous fall season, its last under Pohle, who retired after 29 years at the Taconic Golf Club, winning three of their five events, and placing 2nd and 4th in the other two.
In 2016-17, Hillman guided his Ephs to the 2017 NESCAC Spring Title and a 16th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Under Hillman during the same season, Sam Goldenring garnered Honorable Mention All-American honors.
The Ephs finished second at the 2012 NESCAC Fall Qualifier and come late April put on a come from behind performance to claim the NESCAC Championship. The first place conference finish earned the team an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they ended the season 28th overall nationally.
Pohle's illustrious 29-year career includes a 1936-541-8 record, 10 NESCAC titles, 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, and six NESCAC Coach of the Year awards. Just the third coach in program history, Pohle also coached four All-Americans and 10 National Golf Scholars.
Hillman resides in Williamstown with his wife Angie and son Jacob. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he earned a BA in communication studies.