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Brett Hull, HEAD COACH

Brett Hull is in his 24th year as the head men's cross country and track & field coach at Hamilton College. Hull guided Peter Kosgei '11 to an NCAA individual title at the 2008 Division III championships in Indiana.

Kosgei was a three-time cross country All-American and was named the Division III men's athlete of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2008. Hull mentored Kosgei through three USTFCCCA Atlantic Region athlete of the year awards and four NESCAC most outstanding performer honors.

Four of Hull's runners finished in the top 21 in the 2013 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) championships and all four earned a spot on the all-conference team. The Continentals ended up third in the team standings. Adam Pfander '16 made the all-region team and qualified for the NCAA championships.

Hamilton enjoyed three straight top-five finishes at the NYSCTC championships from 1998 to 2000, including third place in 1999. Six runners have earned seven NYSCTC all-conference honors the last three years. Hamilton has been in the top 10 five times at regionals, including eighth place in 1998, 2000 and 2007, and 10th twice.

Hull's program also focuses on solid academic performance. Will Robertson '14, Scott Etkin '14, Daniel Baer '15, Jack Moses '16 and Pfander were 2013 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team selections. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing. Hull's squad has earned six USTFCCCA team all-academic honors from 2008 to 2013.

Hull previously was the head cross country and track & field coach at SUNY Cortland and SUNY Plattsburgh. He was named the 1985-86 SUNYAC Coach of the Year while at Cortland. Hull has developed 16 All-Americans, including national champions in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000-meter run, the mile and the steeplechase.

Hull earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Frostburg State University. He resides in New Hartford with his wife Ellen and their daughters, Emily and Juliet.

Ben Carlson, ASSISTANT COACH

Ben Carlson is in his first season with the Hamilton College men's and women's cross country and track & field coaching staff. Before joining the Continental staff he spent seven years as an assistant coach at Wartburg College.

Carlson helped the Knights to six NCAA Division III track & field team championships and a total of 16 top-five finishes at nationals. Wartburg's women's cross country team finished in the top 16 six times, including a runner-up performance and a fourth-place showing. Carlson worked with four national champions and 51 All-Americans and coached runners who posted two of Division III's seven fastest women's 5-kilometer times ever. He served as assistant director for the 2010 NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships.

A 2006 graduate of Wartburg, Carlson earned all-region honors twice as a member of the cross country team. A team captain, he helped the Knights to three top-10 finishes at nationals. He received a bachelor's degree in communication arts with a concentration in public relations. He earned his master's degree in health education from the University of Northern Iowa.