Ellen Hull is in her 22nd season as the head coach for women's cross country and track & field at Hamilton College. The Continentals ended up ranked 32nd in the final 2013 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Top 35 poll under Hull. Two of her runners finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Atlantic Regional meet and qualified to compete in the NCAA championships. Hull's athletes earned three New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) all-conference honors and the female rookie of the year award, and one made the NESCAC all-conference team.
Hull guided two runners to 2012 USTFCCCA all-region honors based on their performance at the NCAA Atlantic Regional championships, and two earned spots on the NYSCTC all-conference team. She has coached four individual qualifiers for the NCAA championships.
Hull's cross country teams have made four appearances in the NCAA championships, including three straight from 1999 to 2001. She has coached four runners to five All-America awards and a number of athletes to all-region honors. Maggie Hanson '02 earned a spot on the All-America team in 1999 and repeated the feat in 2001. Jen Cammarano '03 (2001), Kaitlin Nelson '01 (2000) and Ann Toth '02 (1999) were also All-Americans.
The 1999 team finished in seventh place at the NCAA championships, which stands as the program's best showing. Hull was selected the 1999 NCAA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after Hamilton captured second place at the regional championships. The Continentals own four top three finishes in the regional race under Hull.
The program has recorded three runner-up finishes in the NYSCTC championships with Hull. She guided Hamilton to five Liberty League titles, including four straight from 1998 to 2001, and was named the league's coach of the year in 2000.
Hull's program also focuses on academic success. Nine student-athletes made the 2013 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing. In 2013 the program qualified for the USTFCCCA team all-academic honors for the sixth straight year.
Hull earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and her master's from Ithaca College. She was an assistant coach at both Plattsburgh and Ithaca, and was head coach of the men's and women's track & field teams at Morrisville State College. Hull currently serves on the Eastern College Athletic Conference cross country/track & field committee and is president of the NYSCTC. She is an accredited Level II USA track and field coach.
Hull resides in New Hartford with her husband Brett and their daughters, Emily and Juliet.
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.