Brett Hull is in his 28th year as the head men's cross country and track & field coach at Hamilton College. He coached a cross country runner to all-region honors and an appearance in the NCAA Division III championships in 2016. The men's cross country team was tied for 35th in the Division III preseason coaches poll and ranked fifth in the Atlantic Region in the preseason regional team rankings. More success followed during the 2017 track & field season. Two of his athletes earned all-Atlantic Region outdoor honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as well as all-NESCAC recognition. School records were set in a total of five indoor and outdoor events.
Hull enjoyed his finest season as a cross country coach in 2015 when the Continentals qualified for the NCAA championships for the first time as a team since 1971 and finished in 21st place. Hamilton took third place at the NCAA Atlantic Regional championships for its best finish under Hull, and ended up fourth at the NESCAC championships, which was the program's best performance since winning the conference title in 1988. The Continentals also captured the team title in the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) championships for the first time since 1975.
Hull was rewarded for his team's historic season by receiving the Atlantic Region Division III Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year award from the USTFCCCA, and he collected NESCAC and NYSCTC coach of the year honors. He coached five runners who made the all-region team and an amazing nine athletes on the NYSCTC all-conference team in 2015 alone.
Hull has developed 16 all-Americans, including national champions in the 800-, 1,500- and 5,000-meter run, the mile and the steeplechase. He is a USATF Level I and Level II certified coach.
In 2015 Hull guided Joe Jensen '15 to his second and third all-America honors after Jensen finished in the top eight in the 200- and 400-meter dash at the NCAA indoor championships. Thanks to Jensen, the Continentals tied for 21st place in the team standings at NCAAs. Hull's men were ranked as high as 24th in the Division III indoor computer ratings by the USTFCCCA. Jensen posted victories in two events at both the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and NYSCTC indoor championships. Seven athletes earned all-conference team honors and six school records were broken.
In 2014 six Hamilton men's runners earned a spot on the NYSCTC cross country all-conference team and one made the all-region team based on his performance at the NCAA Atlantic Regional championship.
Jensen finished second in the 400-meter dash at the 2014 NCAA Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship. He was selected the Atlantic Region Indoor Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA and the Men's Outstanding Track Performer at the 2014 NYSCTC indoor championship. Adam Pfander '16 made the 2013 all-region cross country team and qualified for the NCAA championship.
In 2013 Jensen was selected the NYSCTC Male Indoor Rookie of the Meet, and Jimmy Alexis '13 finished first in the pole vault at the NESCAC outdoor championship. Alexis is one of 19 athletes who have earned 34 NESCAC all-conference team honors under Hull since 2001.
Hull guided Peter Kosgei '11 to an NCAA cross country title at the 2008 Division III championship in Indiana. Kosgei was a three-time cross country all-American and was named the Division III men's athlete of the year by the USTFCCCA in 2008. Hull mentored Kosgei through three USTFCCCA Atlantic Region athlete of the year awards and four NESCAC most outstanding performer honors. In track & field, Kosgei captured an amazing eight NCAA individual titles and eight all-America awards from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, Kosgei defended his 2008 victory in the mile at the NCAA indoor championship and repeated his wins in the steeplechase and 5,000-meter run at the outdoor meet.
TiDelco Ductan '09 qualified for the 2009 NCAA indoor championship in the triple jump under Hull. James Russell '09 won four straight outdoor pole vault titles from 2006 to 2009 at the NESCAC championship. Kosgei breezed to victory in the 800- and the 1,500-meter run and was named the NESCAC meet's Most Outstanding Male Performer in 2008 and 2009. He was selected the outdoor track athlete of the year by the USTFCCCA for the second year in a row in 2009.
Hull has guided more than 100 indoor and outdoor individual conference champions, and more than 30 school indoor and outdoor records have been broken or tied since Hull's first season in 1992.
Hull's program also focuses on solid academic performance. Four of his cross country athletes were 2016 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team selections and seven track & field athletes made either the NESCAC winter or spring all-academic teams in 2017. Hull's cross country squad has earned nine straight USTFCCCA team all-academic honors and the track & field program earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors for the sixth year in a row in 2017.
Hull previously was the head cross country and track & field coach at SUNY Cortland and SUNY Plattsburgh, and he was named the 1985-86 SUNYAC Coach of the Year while at Cortland. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Frostburg State University, and he resides in New Hartford with his wife Ellen, who is Hamilton's head women's cross country and track & field coach. They have two daughters -- Emily '18 and Juliet.