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Brett Hull, HEAD COACH

Brett Hull is in his 24th season as head coach of the Hamilton College men's cross country and track & field programs. Hull's latest All-American is Joe Jensen '15, who earned his award for finishing second in the 400-meter dash at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. Jensen was selected the Atlantic Region Indoor Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and the Men's Outstanding Track Performer at the 2014 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Indoor Championships.

Hull guided Peter Kosgei '11 to eight NCAA individual titles and eight All-America awards in track & field from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, Kosgei defended his 2008 victory in the mile at the NCAA indoor championships and repeated his wins in the steeplechase and 5,000-meter run at the outdoor meet.

TiDelco Ductan '09 qualified for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump under Hull. James Russell '09 won four straight NESCAC outdoor pole vault titles from 2006 to 2009 at the NESCAC championships. Kosgei breezed to victory in the 800 and the 1,500-meter run and was named the NESCAC meet's Most Outstanding Male Performer in 2008 and 2009. He was selected the Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA for the second year in a row in 2009.

In 2014, Hull coached six athletes to nine indoor all-conference honors based on their performances at the NYSCTC and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III championships. In 2013, Jensen was selected the NYSCTC Male Indoor Rookie of the Meet, and Jimmy Alexis '13 finished first in the pole vault at the NESCAC championships. Alexis is one of 17 athletes who have earned 32 NESCAC all-conference team honors under Hull since 2001.

Hull has guided 98 indoor and outdoor individual conference champions while at Hamilton. A total of 34 school indoor and outdoor records have been broken or tied since Hull's first season in 1992.

Academic excellence is also important to Hull. Six student-athletes made the NESCAC winter and spring all-academic teams in 2014. Miles Blackburn '13 was elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society, in 2013. Hashem Zikry '13 was voted to the 2013 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division III Academic All-District Team for men's track & field/cross country.

Hull is a USATF Level I and Level II certified coach. He has developed 16 All-Americans, including national champions in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000 meters, the mile and the steeplechase. Hull was the head cross country and track & field coach at SUNY Cortland and SUNY Plattsburgh before he arrived at Hamilton. He was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year while at Cortland in 1985-86.

Hull received bachelor's and master's degrees from Frostburg State University in Maryland. He resides in New Hartford with his wife Ellen, who is Hamilton's head women's cross country and track & field coach. They have two daughters -- Emily and Juliet.


Steve Bellona is in his 18th season as an assistant on the Hamilton College men's track & field coaching staff. Bellona coaches the men's middle-distance and distance runners. He was a middle-distance coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy prior to arriving at Hamilton and was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2013, Bellona helped Hashem Zikry '13 to indoor all-conference honors in the 5,000-meter run at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Championships and in the 3,000-meter run at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III indoor meet.

Peter Kosgei '11 finished first eight times at the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships and earned eight All-America awards in track and field under Bellona's guidance. Kosgei won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Division III Outdoor Championships and added titles in the 5,000-meter run in 2008 and 2009. At the 2008 indoor national meet, Kosgei captured first place in the mile and 800-meter run in a matter of about 90 minutes. He won the mile again in 2009.

Kosgei finished first in the 800- and 1,500-meter run at the 2009 NESCAC Championships, and was named the meet's most outstanding male performer. He finished first in the same events at the 2008 NESCAC meet and won the steeplechase at the 2007 NESCAC Championships.

In 2012, James Grebey '12 earned NYSCTC indoor all-conference honors for the 3,000 meters under Bellona. Grebey made the NYSCTC all-conference outdoor team for the 1,500 meters for the third straight year, and Zikry joined him for the 5,000 meters for the first time.

Bellona helped Hamilton finish first in the distance medley relay at the 2009 NYSCTC Indoor Championships and the Continentals won the 3,200-meter relay at the 2009 outdoor state meet. Indoor program records have fallen in the 800, 1,000, mile, 3,000 and 5,000 meters since Bellona arrived at Hamilton. Outdoor team records have been broken in the 800, 1,500, steeplechase, 5,000 and 10,000 meters since 2008.


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.


Jerry Tine is in his 13th season as an assistant track & field coach at Hamilton College. Tine coaches the pole vault and horizontal jumps. In 2014, he guided Yuwen Michelson '17 to Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) indoor all-conference honors for the long jump.

Tine coached Hannah Jaiven '14 to NESCAC and New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) all-conference outdoor honors in the pole vault in 2013. The NYSCTC award was her second. Jimmy Alexis '13 earned places on the NYSCTC all-conference indoor team and the all-NESCAC team for finishing first in the pole vault at those championship meets. Alexis holds the school indoor record in the event and Jaiven owns the women's indoor and outdoor marks.

Akilah Bond '09 earned a pair of All-America honors in the triple jump as she finished seventh at the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships under Tine's guidance. Bond qualified for the indoor and outdoor NCAA meets in the triple jump in 2008.

Tine coached James Russell '09 to four NESCAC pole vault titles at the conference championships. Muriel Schwinn '13 was all-NESCAC for the long jump in 2010 and made the 2012 NYSCTC all-conference indoor team for the long jump.

Since Tine joined the coaching staff in 2002, school indoor and outdoor pole vault records and an indoor triple jump mark have fallen on the men's side. All indoor and outdoor pole vault, long jump and triple jump records on the women's side have been broken since 2007.

Tine has more than 20 years of collegiate and high school coaching experience. He is an accredited USA Track & Field Level I coach and serves as the New York State coach for the USATF Olympic Pole Vault Development Committee.


Jake Tyksinski is in his sixth season on the Hamilton College track & field coaching staffs. Tyksinski specializes in the weight and throwing events. He guided Will Tifft '14 to second place in the hammer throw at the 2013 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Outdoor Championships -- a performance that earned Tifft all-conference honors.

Josh Orndorff '11 finished first in the shot put at the 2010 Liberty League Indoor Championships under Tyksinski's guidance. Orndorff earned all-league honors for the shot in 2010 and the weight throw in 2011, and he made the 2010 NYSCTC all-conference indoor team for the shot put.

Tyksinski was a four-year letter winner in indoor and outdoor track & field at the University of Rochester. He was a volunteer throws coach at Clinton High School during the 2007-08 indoor and outdoor seasons.

Tyksinski competed in the javelin, shot put, hammer throw and discus at Rochester. He qualified for either the indoor or outdoor NYSCTC championship meet five times. He was a team captain as a senior and earned a degree in economics.

At Clinton, Tyksinski recorded some of the top performances in school history in the 100- and 200-meter dash and the shot put. He competed in indoor and outdoor track & field for three years and was named the team's most improved performer after his junior indoor season. He finished third in the shot put in New York State's Section III that season. As a senior, he was part of a 400-meter relay that set a Tri-Valley League record and finished fourth in the state championships. He qualified for the sectional championships in both the shot put and the discus.