Ellen Hull is in her 20th season as the head coach for women's cross country and track & field at Hamilton College. Hull's 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 NCAA all-America awards and a number of athletes to all-region honors.
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.
Maggie Hanson earned a spot on the all-America team in 1999 and repeated the feat in 2001. Jen Cammarano (2001), Kate Nelson (2000) and Ann Toth (1999) were also all-Americans. The most recent all-region performer was Abby King '11 in 2009. Meredith FitzPatrick '11 qualified to compete in the 2007 NCAA Championships as an individual.
The program has recorded three runner-up finishes in the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) championships with Hull. Two of her runners made the 2010 NYSCTC All-Conference team based on their finish at that year's NYSCTC Championships. Hull guided Hamilton to four straight Liberty League titles from 1998 to 2001 and five overall. She was named the league's coach of the year in 2000.
Hull's program also focuses on academic success. Five runners made the 2011 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 at her institution. Last year, the program qualified for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 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 the 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 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.