Brett Hull is in his 22nd 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. Led by Kosgei's considerable talent, Hull's Continentals finished fourth at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) championships, and 13th out of 39 teams at the NCAA Atlantic Regional championships in 2010.
Hamilton enjoyed three straight top-five finishes at the NYSCTC championships from 1998 to 2000, including third place in 1999. James Grebey '12 and Hashem Zikry '13 made the 2011 NYSCTC All-Conference team based on their performance at that year's conference championships. Hamilton has placed in the top 10 five times at regionals, including eighth in 1998, 2000 and 2007, and 10th twice.
Hull's program also focuses on solid academic performance. Grebey, Rob Hayden '14, Will Robertson '14, Dylan Thayer '13, Todd Woodworth '12 and Zikry were 2011 NESCAC Fall All-Academic selections. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing at his institution. Hull's squad has earned a USTFCCCA all-academic team award in each of the past four years.
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 Ostler is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College cross country and track & field teams. Ostler coaches the hurdlers for the indoor and outdoor track & field teams.
Ostler was an assistant cross country and track & field coach at U-32 High School in Montpelier, Vermont, from 2009 to 2011. He trained 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays that qualified for the 2010 New England Championship.
Ostler was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams at St. Lawrence University. He was an NCAA Atlantic Region all-region and New York State Collegiate Track Conference all-conference performer for cross country in 2007. Ostler set the Liberty League outdoor championship meet record in the 5,000-meter run in 2007 with a time of 15:08.29 -- a record that still stands. He was a captain for both the cross country and track & field teams as a junior and a senior.
Ostler graduated with a degree in English and a minor in educational studies in 2008.