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Brett Hull, HEAD COACH

Brett Hull is in his 23rd 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 2010 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) championships, and 13th out of 39 teams at the NCAA Atlantic Region championships that same year.

Hamilton enjoyed three straight top-five finishes at the NYSCTC championships from 1998 to 2000, including third place in 1999. Two runners earned three NYSCTC all-conference honors the last two years based on their performance at the conference championships. 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. Sam Dupuis '13, Will Robertson '14, Dylan Thayer '13 and Hashem Zikry '13 were 2012 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 earned four USTFCCCA all-academic team awards from 2008 to 2011.

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 third 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 a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-region and a New York State Collegiate Track Conference all-conference performer for cross country in 2007. Ostler is a former Liberty League outdoor championship meet record-holder for the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:08.29. He was a team captain for both cross country and track & field as a junior and a senior. Ostler graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in educational studies.