A three-time Big Ten Indoor Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009, Bingle has been with the Gophers since October 2002
MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota director of women’s track & field and cross country Matt Bingle has been named the 2016 Big Ten Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year, the league announced today.
Bingle coached the Gophers to Minnesota’s second-ever Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field title and the first in 10 years this season. Prior to this year’s title, the Gophers won the 2006 outdoor crown before winning three-straight indoor conference championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
The 2015-16 season marks Bingle’s fifth season as director of women’s track & field and cross country at the University of Minnesota. A three-time Big Ten Indoor Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009, Bingle has been with the Gophers since October 2002 and became the first person to hold the title of director of women’s track & field and cross country at the ‘U’ in October 2011.
This season, Bingle’s Gophers secured the program’s fifth B1G track & field championship led by event titles from Jess Lehman (heptathlon) and Nicolle Murphy (javelin) and points from 16 different Gophers. Minnesota scored 106 points to tie for the 2016 B1G crown with Michigan at Nebraska’s Ed Weir Stadium.
Lehman and Murphy earned All-Big Ten First Team honors as event champions, and Madeline Strandemo (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Liz Berkholtz (10,000-meter run) were named All-Big Ten Second Team honorees as event runners-up as well. Kate Shelerud, a senior nursing major, received Minnesota’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
2016 Big Ten Women’s Track & Field Individual Awards
Track Athlete of the Year: Cindy Ofili, Michigan
Field Athlete of the Year: Kelsey Card, Wisconsin
Freshman of the Year: Briana Guillory, Iowa
Track Athlete of the Championships: Gina Sereno, Michigan
Field Athlete of the Championships: Kelsey Card, Wisconsin
Coach of the Year: Matt Bingle, Minnesota
2016 B1G Women’s Track & Field Sportsmanship Honorees
Kym Taylor, Illinois
Nakel McClinton, Indiana
Heaven Chandler, Iowa
Micha Powell, Maryland
Emily Wee, Michigan
Shelby Jackson, Michigan State
Kate Shelerud, Minnesota
Paula Andrie, Nebraska
Sakiko Minagawa, Ohio State
Alyssa Robinson, Penn State
Symone Black, Purdue
Bria Saunders, Rutgers
Brenna Detra, Wisconsin