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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.
the past six 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 four times and at the outdoor meet twice.
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
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.
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.
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 (10) and Rory (seven) live in Binghamton. Both are instructors
in the University's physical education department.
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 five different runners earn all-conference honors in a total of 10 events since she took over the program. This includes five runner-up performances.
The men's distance program has been instrumental in Binghamton earning runner-up team finishes at the past four America East Indoor Meets and at the 2010 and 2011 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.
Without question, however, it was the 2011 track campaign that was Acuff's crowning moment as a coach. The USTFCCCA named her as Northeast Region Men's Indoor Track Assistant Coach of the Year. During that season, she coached van Ingen to a fifth-place finish in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships, marking the first time a Binghamton distance runner has earned Division I All-America honors. In the ensuing outdoor season, Acuff coached van Ingen to another All-America accolade with a sixth-place finish in the 1,500 at the NCAA 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 Erik van Ingen. Acuff's work has not gone unnoticed by her peers as she was voted the 2009 America East Coach of the Year in 2009.
On the regional level, the Bearcat men's cross country team has been ranked in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region the past three years 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 womens 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 Acuffs 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 Colorados coaching staff was selected as North Central Region Coaches of the Year. Acuff also was an assistant mens and womens 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 bachelors degree in psychology from Oklahoma in 1995, and went on to earn her masters 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
- Two USFTCCCA All-America selections
- Three NCAA Championship Meet selections
- Eight Men's Individual Conference Champions
- 38 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
- Part of the 2008 and 2011 America East Men's Indoor 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
2002 graduate of Gardner-Webb, Dawkins earned her bachelor's
degree in business administration. On the track, she was a three-time
NCAA Division II All-American during the 2000 indoor and outdoor
season. Originally from Jamaica, she also represented her country
at the 1998 Junior Pan Am Games in Cuba.
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
Jason Headman begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Binghamton Cross Country program. He has been an assistant coach on the college level since graduating from Akron in 2009.
Last year, Headman was the assistant coach for both track and cross country at Allegheny College. During the 2011 indoor track season, he was named the USTFCCCA Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Headman coached the NCAA Division III distance medley relay national champion as well as five All-Mideast Region cross country runners. At the 2010 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, Alleghenys mens squad placed 15th overall.
The previous year, Headman an assistant cross country and track coach at Heidelberg College, where he was part of the 2009 Ohio Athletic Conferences (OAC) Mens Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year. He was also part of the 2010 (OAC) Mens Outdoor Track Coaching Staff
of the Year.
Headman was a two-time first-team All-Mid American Conference (MAC) selection in cross country at Akron (2006 and 2007) and earned all-conference honors six times in track & field. He earned his bachelors degree in Physical Education K-12.
HEADMAN'S COACHING ACCOLADES
- The 2011 USTFCCCA Division III Mideast Region Indoor Track Assistant Coach of the Year
- Part of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC ) 2009 Cross Country and 2010 Outdoor Track Coaching Staff's of the Year.
- A two-time first-team All-Mid American Conference (MAC) selection in cross country
- Earned all-conference honors in track & field six times
THE HEADMAN FILE
2011-present: Assistant Track & Field Coach, Binghamton University
2010-11: Assistant Track & Field Coach, Allegheny College
2009-10: Assistant Track & Field Coach, Heidelberg College