Ellen Hull is in her 21st season as head coach of the Hamilton College women's cross country and track & field programs. Hull has coached two track and field All-Americans at Hamilton, including Akilah Bond '09 in the triple jump. Bond finished in seventh place at the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division III indoor championships.
Hull also coached Maggie Hanson '02, who became Hamilton's first female national champion at the 2001 NCAA indoor meet where she finished first in the 5,000-meter run. Hanson -- the greatest women's track and field athlete in school history -- was a seven-time indoor and outdoor All-American from 1999 to 2002 in middle-distance and distance events.
Krystina Choinski '15 and Hannah Jaiven '14 earned a combined total of four indoor and outdoor all-conference honors based on their performances at the NESCAC, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III and New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) championships under Hull in 2013. Thirteen of Hull's outdoor athletes have made the NESCAC all-conference team 21 times since 2001. Hamilton finished first in the 3,200-meter relay at the NYSCTC indoor championships for the second straight year in 2012. Muriel Schwinn '13 earned 2010 Liberty League indoor rookie of the year honors. Bond was a league indoor co-field performer of the year selection in 2007 and was voted the league's rookie of the year after the 2006 indoor and outdoor seasons.
Hull guided the outdoor track & field team to the 2006 Liberty League championship title. Hamilton has won two outdoor league crowns and one indoor league championship under Hull. Hull and her assistant coaches were selected the league's coaching staff of the year after the 2006 indoor and outdoor seasons. Indoor and outdoor records have been broken in 44 events since her first season in 1994.
Academic excellence is also important to Hull. A total of 13 track & field athletes made last year's NESCAC winter and spring all-academic teams. In 2013, Schwinn and Agne Jakubauskaite '13 were elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Jakubauskaite wrapped up the season with a 2013 Division III Academic All-America Team selection for women's track & field/cross country by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Hull currently serves on the ECAC cross country/track & field committee and is president of the NYSCTC. She is an accredited Level II USA track & field coach. Hull graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh and received her master's degree from Ithaca College. She was an assistant coach at both schools and the head coach for men's and women's track & field at Morrisville State College.
Hull resides in New Hartford with her husband -- Hamilton men's cross country and track & field coach Brett Hull -- 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.
Jerome Rudolph is in his first year as a member of the Hamilton College men's and women's track & field staff. Rudolph assists with the jumping events.
Rudolph is a graduate of Lafayette College, where he earned a degree in economics and business. He is pursuing his master's from Southeastern Louisiana University. Rudolph was a member of the football and track & field programs at both schools.
At Lafayette, Rudolph was a dean's list student and a member of the Patriot League Honor Roll in both football and track & field. He was named the Leopards' Most Outstanding Track Athlete in 2011 and 2012.
Jerry Tine is in his 12th season as an assistant track & field coach at Hamilton College. Tine coaches the pole vault and horizontal jumps. In 2013, he coached Hannah Jaiven '14 to NESCAC and New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) all-conference outdoor honors in the pole vault. 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 and 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 fifth 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 Central School, where he went to 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 in 2006.
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.