Brett Hull is in his 28th season as the head men's cross country and track & field coach at Hamilton College. One of Hull's track athletes competed in the 2018 NCAA Division III outdoor championships in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and participated in the 200 meters at the 2018 indoor national meet. In 2017-18 alone he coached five athletes to U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-region honors in cross country and eight track and field events. One runner was voted the NESCAC men's track and field most outstanding rookie performer after the conference championship meet and six athletes earned all-conference recognition in either track and field or cross country. School records fell in two relay events as well as the weight throw.
Hull has developed 16 all-Americans in track and field, including national champions in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter run, the mile and the steeplechase. A total of 23 athletes have earned all-NESCAC recognition 39 times under Hull since 2001. He is a USATF Level I and Level II certified coach.
He coached a cross country runner to all-region honors and an appearance at the NCAA 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 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 -- 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.
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 meters and the 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. Seven athletes earned all-conference team honors and six school records were broken. One Hamilton runner made the 2014 all-region cross country team based on his performance at the NCAA Atlantic Regional championship.
Jensen finished second in the 400 meters 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. One runner made the 2013 all-region cross country team and qualified for the NCAA championship.
Hull guided Peter Kosgei '11 to an NCAA cross country title at the 2008 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. Kosgei breezed to victory in the 800-meter and 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.
A field athlete qualified for the 2009 NCAA indoor championships in the triple jump under Hull. One of his pole vaulters won four straight outdoor titles from 2006 to 2009 at the NESCAC championships. 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. Eight of his cross country athletes were 2017 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team selections and nine track & field athletes made either the NESCAC winter or spring all-academic teams in 2018. Hull's cross country squad has earned 10 straight USTFCCCA team all-academic honors and the track & field program earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors for the seventh year in a row in 2018.
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.