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Brett Hull, HEAD COACH

Brett Hull is in his 25th year as the head men's cross country and track & field coach at Hamilton College. In 2014, six Hamilton men's runners earned a spot on the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) All-Conference Team and one made the all-region team based on his performance at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships. The Continentals finished second at the NYSCTC meet, which is their best showing under Hull, and eighth out of 41 teams at regionals.

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 NYSCTC championships and all four earned a spot on the all-conference team. 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. The Continentals have been in the top 10 six times at regionals, with a top finish of eighth place on four occasions.

Hull's program also focuses on solid academic performance. Five of his athletes were 2014 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 seven straight USTFCCCA team all-academic honors.

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.


John Hartpence is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College cross country and track & field programs. Hartpence had been the head coach at Defiance College since 2007 and was the head track & field coach at Dickinson College from 2000 to 2007. He actually got his start in college coaching as an assistant at Hamilton back in 1999-2000. He has been voted the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional coach of the year twice.

At Defiance, Hartpence guided athletes to four All-America performances and coached the 2013 NCAA champion in the men's hammer throw. He led the women's track & field program to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) indoor and outdoor team championships in 2014 and picked up a pair of conference track & field coach of the year awards. He directed athletes to eight HCAC most outstanding freshman and seven most outstanding performer awards. His athletes captured 47 individual titles in 17 different events at the HCAC championships. He developed the first male and female NCAA all-region cross country runners in school history as well as both programs' overall and freshman record holders. One of his athletes was selected the 2013 USTFCCCA Field Event Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Hartpence led the Dickinson women to six Centennial Conference track & field championships and directed the men's team to four runner-up finishes at the conference meet. He produced seven All-Americans and his athletes qualified for the NCAA championships in 11 different events. He coached five athletes to USTFCCCA regional athlete of the year awards and 11 conference championships athlete of the meet honors. His athletes posted more than 50 individual conference titles in 21 different events.

Hartpence completed a USA Track & Field Level 1 instructor training course in 2009 and has been a USATF Level 1 coaching education instructor since 2010. He is a USATF Level 1-certified track & field coach and is Level 2 certified for the throwing and jumping events. He holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland and earned his master's degree in health and human performance at the University of Montana.