Ellen Hull is in her 21st season as the head coach for women's cross country and track & field at Hamilton College. In 2012, Hull guided Sarah Ohanesian '14 and Lainie Smith '16 to U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-region honors based on their performance at the NCAA Atlantic Region Cross Country Championships. Those same two athletes earned spots on the 2012 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) All-Conference Team.
Hull's cross country teams have made four appearances in the NCAA Division III 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. Meredith FitzPatrick '11 qualified to compete in the 2007 NCAA championships as an individual.
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. Five runners made the 2012 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 2011, the program qualified for the USTFCCCA all-academic team award for the fourth time.
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.
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.