John Ostler is in his fifth year at Plymouth State in 2018-19 as head coach for men's and women's cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. Coach Ostler took over the cross country program after one year from PSU Athletic Hall of Famer Dave Severance, and has helped start the track and field programs from the ground up. Ostler came to Plymouth State from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where he was an assistant with the cross country and track & field coaching staffs.
Ostler led the Panther cross country teams in his first year in 2014, taking over the head coach position just prior to the season. The Panthers have improved each cross country season since their inaugural campaign in 2013, and the Panthers finished fourth (both men and women) at the 2016 Little East Conference Championships. Ostler also coached 2016 LEC Cross Country Men's Runner of the Year Sam Brunnette, who also earned 2015 LEC Men's Cross Country Rookie Runner of the Year, and 2017 LEC Indoor Track and Field champions in the men's 1000 meters (Warren Bartlett), 3000 meters and mile run (Brunnette), and women's shotput (Selena Baillargeon). He also coached Brunnette to a 14th place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Ostler coached NCAA National Championship qualifiers at Hamilton in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, including one All-American and a national runner-up. He helped guide the women’s team to a 32nd national ranking and a fifth-place finish at the 2013 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships. He coached a male heptathlete to a school record and served as Meet Director for the 2013 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Cross Country Championships.
A 2008 graduate of Saint Lawrence University with a degree in English, Ostler was a four-year letterman on both the cross country and track teams, serving as co-captain of both teams his junior and senior years. He was a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region runner and a NYSCTC All-Conference performer for cross country in 2007. Ostler captured the Liberty League outdoor 5,000-meter championship with a meet record time of 15:08.29.
Ostler, who earned his Master’s degree in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland in 2013, is a USATF Level I Certified Coach. A native of Morrisville, Vt. (Peoples Academy), Ostler was a teacher and an assistant cross country and track & field coach at U-32 High School in Montpelier, Vt., from 2009 to 2011. He trained 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams that qualified for the 2010 New England Championships.
“I'm happy for high school student-athletes from New Hampshire and beyond who want to pursue collegiate track and field now have an excellent option in Plymouth State,” said Ostler. “I am very excited to mentor Plymouth State student-athletes as they strive to achieve great things athletically, academically and build a bright future.”