AMHERST, Mass. -- After three seasons as an Amherst assistant coach, Patrick Hart has been named head coach of Skidmore.

During Hart’s three-year tenure with the Purple and White, the team compiled a 29-20 overall record with three consecutive NESCAC appearances. In 2011, Amherst earned its first-ever NCAA tournament berth with a program-high 15 wins. The following season, the squad ranked as high as second in the nation and over the course of his tenure, Hart assisted in the development of six All-NESCAC selections.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Amherst College Athletic Department for the last three years,” Hart said. “I have taken so much from my experience working under John Thompson at an institution like Amherst. The past three years make me both confident and excited about the opportunity at Skidmore. The chance to become a head coach at another prestigious liberal arts institution is a dream come true. I will miss all of the student-athletes and members of the athletic department that I have been fortunate enough to forge strong relationships with, but I can’t wait to become part of the Skidmore athletic family.”

Prior to his arrival at Amherst, Hart spent two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Holy Cross, and coordinated the team’s defense and recruiting. In 2010, the defense recorded its second lowest goals-against average (9.7) since 1988, which also ranked 26th in the country among Division I institutions.