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Acuff named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Outdoor Track Assistant Coach of the Year
Longtime Bearcat assistant wins second major regional award in two years
June 4, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton track & field assistant coach Annette Acuff has been named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. This marks the second time she has captured the award, having also been honored with the same distinction during the 2010-11 outdoor season.
The Binghamton distance runners once again played a pivotal role in the track & field team’s fortunes this outdoor season. They scored 62 points as the Bearcats earned a surprising runner-up finish at the America East Outdoor Championships. From there, three distance runners qualified for the NCAA East Regional meet and Erik van Ingen advanced to the outdoor track championships for the second year in a row in the 1,500.
Acuff is completing her 12th year as the head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Binghamton. During her tenure, Binghamton has won the 2009 America East cross country title and was the runner up at the 2010 meet. Since the distance program began to take off during the 2007-08 academic year, the men’s track & field team has been the runner up at the conference indoor meet four times (2008-11) and at the past three outdoor championships.
“Annette has done a fabulous job with Erik and the distance program in general,” head coach Mike Thompson said. “She is a tireless worker and is most deserving of this award.”
van Ingen, who was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2011, has earned first-team All-America honors three times under Acuff’s watch. He was fifth in the mile at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships and was seventh this past year. At last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, van Ingen was sixth overall in the 1,500. This weekend, he will compete in the meet for the second year in a row.
Last month, Acuff was part of the America East Men’s Outdoor Track Coaching Staff of the Year. She was also a part of the conference’s 2008 and 2011 Men’s Indoor Track Coaching Staffs of the Year as well as the 2009 Men’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year.