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Mike Thompson begins his 19th season as the head men’s and women’s track and field coach in 2013-14. During his tenure, he has guided Binghamton from the NCAA Division III level to its current status on the Division I level. In the process, he has achieved the rare accomplishment of having coached a national champion at all three NCAA Division levels.
Since Binghamton moved up to the NCAA Division I level in 2001, Thompson has had the track & field program on solid ground. Under his leadership, the Bearcats have produced 38 America East Conference individual champions during the indoor season and 46 during the outdoor campaign. In both 2008 and 2011, Thompson and his assistants were named America East Conference Men’s Indoor Coaching Staff of the Year. The following year, Thompson and his staff earned the same honor during the outdoor season. Last year marked the first time that they received the America East Coaching Women’s Staff of the Year, which they earned during the outdoor season.
Thompson’s crowning moment as a head coach, however, came on March 14, 2008 when Rory Quiller captured the NCAA Indoor pole vault title. It marked the third time Quiller earned All-America honors and fifth time he qualified for the NCAA Championship. As a result of Quiller’s outstanding efforts, Binghamton placed 28th at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Meet and 22nd at the 2008 Indoor Meet.
Under Thompson’s guidance, Binghamton has also posted 33 qualifiers for the NCAA East Region Outdoor Championships, including four relay teams. Rory Quiller won the 2007 pole vault title and placed fourth in the 2006 meet.
During the past seven years, Binghamton has earned 10 major individual honors from the America East following the championships. During that same stretch, the men’s team has been the runner-up at the conference indoor meet five times and at the outdoor meet three times. Last spring marked the first time the women’s team was the runner up at an America East Championship Meet.
In the classroom, members of the Binghamton track & field program have been just as consistent. Quiller was named the America East Scholar Athlete of the Year in both 2007 and 2008. Since 2006, 29 members of the men’s team and 28 women have been inducted into the National College Athlete Honors Society. During that same span, Binghamton has posted 23 America East Winter Academic Team selections and 26 Spring Academic Team picks. In both 2008 and 2012, the Binghamton team posted the highest GPA among any track squad in the America East Conference. The Bearcat women’s track team accomplished the same feat in 2010.
Even before Binghamton moved up to the NCAA Division I level, Thompson’s impact on its track & field program was already significant. He coached six NCAA Division III champions and one winner at the 1999 NCAA Division II meet. Binghamton also had five All-Americans at the NCAA Division II level and 42 All-Americans at the NCAA Division III level.
Binghamton recorded a 10th-place finish at the 1999 NCAA Division II men’s indoor meet and was eighth at both the men’s Division III indoor and outdoor championships in 1998. On the women’s side, Binghamton was sixth in the NCAA Division III indoor championships in both 1996 and 1997 before placing a program-best third at the 1998 indoor meet.
In addition to his America East Coach of the Year award last season, numerous honors have come Thompson’s way during his tenure at Binghamton. In 1998, he was named New York State Coach of the Year for both men’s indoor and outdoor track. Thompson also was selected as NCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year indoors and outdoors. Two years prior, he was named NCAA National Coach of the Year. In 1997, Thompson earned his first New York State Coach of the Year honor after his men were runners-up outdoors.
Thompson also served as the men’s cross country head coach for four seasons, before handing over the reins in 1999. Prior to assuming the head coaching duties, Thompson was BU’s assistant cross country/track coach during the 1994-95 season.
A former two-time national track champion for the University of Northern Colorado, Thompson served as jumps coach at UNC in 1993, helping produce eight All-Americans and three NCAA champions.
As an athlete, Thompson captured both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division II pole vault titles in 1989. He was a three-time All-American, four-time conference champion, and still holds the UNC pole vault record at 17-7 1/4. In 2003, he was inducted into the Northern Colorado Hall of Fame.
Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in physical education, both from UNC. In addition, he also has USA Track and Field Level II Certification in the Jumps, Sprints/Hurdles and Throws. In addition, Thompson has been published in the Winter 2003 edition of Track Coach. The article, which is Thompson’s first published work, is entitled “Troubleshooting the Pole Vault.”
Thompson has won four pole vault titles at the Empire State Games (1995, 1996, 1997 and 2004). He and his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Kelly (12) and Rory (nine) live in Binghamton.
BINGHAMTON UNDER HEAD COACH MIKE THOMPSON
- 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013 America East Men’s Indoor Runner-Up
- 2010, 2011 & 2012 America East Men’s Outdoor Runner-Up
- 2013 America East Women’s Outdoor Runner-Up
- Top-30 finishes at the 2007 Outdoor and 2008 Indoor NCAA Championships
- One NCAA Division I Champion
- One NCAA Division II Champion
- Six NCAA Division III Champions
- Seven NCAA Division I All-Americans
- Five NCAA Division II All-Americans
- 42 NCAA Division III All-Americans
- 11 NCAA Division I Championship Qualifiers
- 33 NCAA Division I East Region Outdoor Qualifiers
- 39 America East Conference Indoor Individual & Relay Champions
- 46 America East Conference Outdoor Individual & Relay Champions
- Eight Most Outstanding America East Meet Performers
- Five America East Rookie of the Meet Performers
- Two America East Scholar Athlete of the Year winners
- 23 America East Winter Academic Team selections
- 26 America East Spring Academic Team selections
- Head of the 2008 and 2011 America East Men’s Indoor Coaching Staff of the Year
- Head of the 2012 America East Men’s Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year
- Head of the 2013 America East Women’s Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year
- 1998 Northeast Region Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year
- 1997 and 1998 New York State Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Men’s Coach of the Year
- 1996 NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year
NCAA CHAMPIONS COACHED BY MIKE THOMPSON
- Monique Hacker, NCAA Division III Outdoor Triple Jump (1996, 1997 & 1998)
- Monique Hacker, NCAA Division III Indoor Triple Jump (1996 & 1998)
- Jewdyer Osborne, NCAA Division III Outdoor 110 Hurdles (1998)
- Brian Hamilton, NCAA Division II Indoor Long Jump (1999)
- Rory Quiller, NCAA Division I Indoor Pole Vault (2008)
- 1989 NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Pole Vault Champion
- Three-time NCAA Division II All-American
- 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2004 Empire State Games Pole Vault Champion
THE THOMPSON FILE
1995-present: Head Track & Field Coach, Binghamton University
1995-98: Head Cross Country Coach, Binghamton University
1994-95: Assistant Cross Country & Track Coach, Binghamton University
1992-93: Assistant Track & Field Coach, University of Northern Colorado
Since Annette Acuff was hired as assistant track & field coach and head cross country coach in 2000, Binghamton has built a successful Division I distance program from the ground up.
Under her watch, the men’s distance runners have won eight individual America East conference track & field titles and have compiled 23 all-conference selections the past four years. On the women’s side, Acuff has had six different runners earn all-conference honors in a total of 11 events since she took over the program. This includes five runner-up performances and one conference champion.
The men’s distance program has been instrumental in Binghamton earning runner-up team finishes at five America East Indoor Meets and three conference outdoor championships. At the conclusion of the 2008 and 2011 indoor track seasons, Acuff was part of the men’s coaching staff that was voted the best in the America East Conference. In 2012, she was part of the conference’s Men’s Outdoor Track Coaching Staff of the Year. Last year, she was part of the Women’s Outdoor Track Coaching Staff of the Year.
Without question, however, it was the 2011 and 2012 track campaigns that produced Acuff’s crowning moments as a coach. The USTFCCCA named her as Northeast Region Men’s Indoor Track Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011. In the spring of 2012, Acuff was named the USTFCCCA’s Northeast Region’s top men’s assistant coach during the outdoor season. During that two-year stretch, Acuff coached Erik van Ingen to four first-team All-America performances, highlighted by a fifth-place effort in the mile at the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.
Equally impressive has been Acuff’s role as the head cross country coach. She guided the Bearcat men’s team to the 2009 America East championship, a runner-up finish the following year and a third-place finish in 2008. During that three-year stretch, Binghamton posted eight all-conference selections, including the 2009 individual champion in van Ingen. Acuff’s work has not gone unnoticed by her peers as she was voted the America East Coach of the Year in 2009.
On the regional level, the Bearcat men’s cross country team was ranked in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region from 2008-10 and finished a program-best eighth at the 2009 regional meet. van Ingen, meanwhile advanced to the NCAA Division Championship twice during his career and finished 43rd overall at the 2010 national meet.
The women’s cross country team had the top freshman finisher at the 2009 America East Cross Country Meet and has posted six all-conference selections since 2004. In addition, the Bearcat women have had two All-Northeast Region selections as well as the 2006 ECAC individual champion.
Acuff came to Binghamton from the University of Northern Colorado, where she was the assistant women’s cross country coach for three years. During that span, she coached one cross country All-American and three All-American distance runners in track. Under Acuff’s leadership, the Bears enjoyed back-to-back NCAA Division II Championship appearances, placing 10th in 1997 and 14th in 1998. In the five years prior to her arrival at Northern Colorado, the program had not advanced to the national meet.
In 1997, Northern Colorado’s coaching staff was selected as North Central Region Coaches of the Year. Acuff also was an assistant men’s and women’s track coach for three years, handling the distance runners.
A former NCAA Division I runner, Acuff earned all-conference honors in indoor track two straight years in the 1,000 meters at Oklahoma (1992-93). Acuff was also an Academic All-Big Eight selection four times (1991-94).
Acuff received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma in 1995, and went on to earn her master’s degree in physical education, with an emphasis in sports psychology, from Northern Colorado in May 2000. She received her Level I and Level II U.S. Track & Field Certification in 1999 and 2001 respectively.
BINGHAMTON TRACK & FIELD DISTANCE PROGRAM UNDER ANNETTE ACUFF
- Four USFTCCCA First-Team All-America selections
- Five NCAA Championship Meet selections
- Eight NCAA East Regional Outdoor Meet qualifiers
- 11 Men’s Individual Conference Champions
- 43 Total America East All-Conference Selections
BINGHAMTON CROSS COUNTRY UNDER ANNETTE ACUFF
- 2009 America East Men’s Cross Country Championship
- 2010 America East Men’s Cross Country Runner-Up
- Two Men’s NCAA Championship Meet Selections
- Two Men’s All-Northeast Region Selections
- Two Women’s All-Northeast Region Selections
- One ECAC Women’s Indivdual Champion
- 2009 America East Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
- 2011 USTFCCCA Assistant Men’s Indoor Track Coach of the Year
- 2012 USTFCCCA Assistant Men’s Indoor Track Coach of the Year
- Part of the 2008 and 2011 America East Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year
- Part of the 2012 America East Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year
- Part of the 2013 America East Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year
- Part of the 1997 North Central Region Women’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year
- A two-time All-Big Eight Conference Indoor Track selection in the 1,000 (1992 and 1993)
- A four-time All-Big Eight Conference Academic selection (1991-94)
THE ACUFF FILE
2000-present: Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, Binghamton University
1997-00: Assistant Women’s Cross Country Coach, University of Northern Colorado
Gabe Fletcher begins his fourth season as an assistant coach at Binghamton. A 2003 graduate of the university, he works primarily with the men’s and women’s throwers.
In Fletcher’s first year back at Binghamton, the men’s throwers took three of the top eight places in the discus at the America East Outdoor Championships. At the same meet, the Bearcat women had two of the top six performers in the javelin. During the indoor season, Fletcher was part of the America East Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year. In 2012, a pair of Binghamton men’s throwers earned all-conference honors.
At the 2002 America East Indoor Championships, Fletcher earned all-conference honors with a second-place performance in the hammer. He was also fourth in both the shot put and discus at the same meet. Fletcher followed up with a fourth-place finish in the hammer and a fifth-place performance in the shot put at the conference outdoor meet.
Prior to returning to Binghamton, Fletcher was an assistant coach at nearby Windsor High School.
- Part of the 2011 America East Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year
- Part of the 2012 America East Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year
- Named America East All-Conference during the 2002 indoor track season
THE FLETCHER FILE
2010-present: Assistant Track & Field Coach, Binghamton University