Ellen Hull is in her 20th season as head coach of the Hamilton College women's cross country and track and 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. Twelve of Hull's athletes have earned 20 NESCAC all-conference honors based on their performance at the conference championship meet since 2001.
Hull 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.
Hull guided the outdoor track and field team to the 2006 Liberty League Championship title. Hamilton 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.
Hull coached her outdoor athletes to a pair of New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) all-conference awards in 2011. 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.
School outdoor records have been broken in 23 different events, including the distance medley relay in 2012, since Hull arrived at Hamilton. Academic excellence is also important to Hull. Two of her athletes have been selected to the academic all-district women's track and field/cross country team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Eleven track and field athletes made the 2012 NESCAC Spring 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.
Hull currently serves on the Eastern College Athletic Conference's cross country/track and field committee and is president of the NYSCTC. She is an accredited Level II USA track and field coach. Hull received her degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and her master's 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.
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 outdoor track and 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. He set the Liberty League outdoor championship meet record for 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 with a minor in educational studies in 2008.
Jerry Tine is in his 11th season as an assistant track and field coach at Hamilton College. Tine coaches the pole vault and horizontal jumps. Akilah Bond '09 earned 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 outdoor pole vault titles at the conference championships. Muriel Schwinn '13 was all-NESCAC for the outdoor long jump in 2010 and made the 2012 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Indoor All-Conference team for the long jump. Hannah Jaiven '14 was all-NYSCTC for the outdoor pole vault in 2011.
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 school 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 fourth season as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College track and field teams. 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 made the 2010 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Indoor All-Conference 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 discus.