Ellen Hull is in her 24th season as the head women's cross country and track & field coach at Hamilton College. In 2015-16 Hull guided one of her cross country runners to the NCAA Division III championship. In 23 years she has coached six individual qualifiers and four team qualifiers at the national cross country meet. Two of Hull's cross country athletes earned all-region honors and five made the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) all-conference team. The Continentals finished in second place in the 2015 NYSCTC Cross Country Championship and Michelle Fish '17 captured the individual title.
In 2014-15 five Hamilton women's athletes earned Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) indoor all-conference honors and one made the NYSCTC indoor all-conference team. The women went on to set a program record in the 3,200-meter relay at the NYSCTC outdoor championship. One of Hull's cross country runners made the NESCAC all-conference and all-region teams and competed in the NCAA championship. Two of her cross country athletes earned spots on the NYSCTC all-conference team.
Hamilton women's track & field athletes earned a combined total of 10 indoor and outdoor all-conference honors based on their performances at the NESCAC, ECAC Division III and NYSCTC championships under Hull in 2014. Fourteen of Hull's outdoor athletes have made the NESCAC all-conference team 22 times since 2001.
The Continentals were ranked 32nd in the final 2013 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Top 35 women's cross country poll under Hull. Two of her runners finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Atlantic Regional meet and qualified to compete at the NCAA championship. Hull's athletes earned three all-NYSCTC honors and the rookie of the year award, and one made the NESCAC all-conference team.
Hull guided two cross country runners to 2012 USTFCCCA all-region honors based on their performance at the NCAA Atlantic Regional championship, and two made the NYSCTC all-conference team.
Hull's cross country teams have made four appearances at the NCAA championship, including three straight from 1999 to 2001, and she has coached four runners to five all-America awards. 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.
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.
Hanson became Hamilton's first female national champion at the 2001 NCAA indoor meet where she finished first in the 5,000-meter run. Hanson was a seven-time indoor and outdoor all-American from 1999 to 2002 in middle-distance and distance events. Besides the two track & field all-Americans, Hull has coached multiple NCAA championship qualifiers, including an athlete that competed at the 2014 indoor meet in the 5,000 meters and at the 2014 outdoor championship in the 10,000 meters.
The 1999 cross country team finished in seventh place at the NCAA championship, which stands as the program's best showing. Hull was selected the 1999 NCAA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after Hamilton took second place at the regional meet. The Continentals own four top-three finishes in the regional race under Hull.
Hull guided the Continentals to the 2006 Liberty League outdoor championship title, and the women have won two outdoor league crowns and one indoor league championship under her guidance. 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 Hull's first season in 1994.
Hull's cross country program has recorded four runner-up finishes at the NYSCTC championship. 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 programs also focus on academic success. Eleven cross country athletes made the 2015 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team and 12 track & field athletes made last year's NESCAC winter and spring all-academic teams. In 2015 the cross country program qualified for USTFCCCA all-academic team honors for the eighth straight year and the track & field team earned a USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic Team award for the fourth year in a row. Agne Jakubauskaite '13 was 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 and field coach.
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 resides in New Hartford with her husband Brett, who is Hamilton's head men's cross country and track & field coach. They have two daughters -- Emily and Juliet -- and Emily is on the cross country and track & field teams at Hamilton.