John Ostler is in his first season as PSU's head coach for men's and women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. Coach Ostler comes to Plymouth State from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where he was an assistant with the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coaching staffs.
“I feel very fortunate to join the Plymouth State University athletic department,” said Ostler. “I want to thank Athletic Director John Clark for giving me the opportunity to lead the men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field programs, and I look forward to working with our current student-athletes to help them reach their goals this season. I am eager to grow the cross country team and lay the foundation for an excellent first year of track and field in 2015-16.”
Ostler has 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.
“I’m excited that we’ve hired John Ostler as our new cross country and track coach,” said search committee chair Courtney O’Clair, “and we believe he will he will be a great addition to our department. The energy and enthusiam that he brings to Plymouth State will be a big help and will set the foundation for current and future track & field student-athletes. We feel like he’s the right guy to take over our programs.”
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, Vermont (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.”