John Ostler is in his second season as PSU's head coach for men's and women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. Coach Ostler came 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.
Ostler led the Panther cross country teams in his first year in 2014, taking over the head coach position just prior to the season. He has also been setting the stage for the beginning of PSU's men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field teams, which will make their debuts in the 2015-16 seasons.
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, 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.”