• 2011-12 Track & Field Coaches
 
 

coachHead Coach
Mike Thompson

17th Season
Northern Colorado (1990)

Mike Thompson
begins his 17th season as the head men's and women's track and field coach in 2011-12. 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 35 America East Conference individual champions during the indoor season and 41 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.

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 23 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 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.

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, 24 members of the men's team and 27 women have been inducted into the National College Athlete Honors Society. During that same span, Binghamton has posted 19 America East Winter Academic Team selections and 25 Spring Academic Team picks. In 2008, the Binghamton team posted the highest GPA among any track squad in the America East Conference. Two years later, the Bearcat women's track team accomplished the same feat.

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 (10) and Rory (seven) live in Binghamton. Both are instructors in the University's physical education department.

BINGHAMTON UNDER HEAD COACH MIKE THOMPSON

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2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 America East Men's Indoor Runner-Up
- 2010 and 2011 America East Men'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
- Five NCAA Division I All-Americans
- Five NCAA Division II All-Americans
- 42 NCAA Division III All-Americans
- Nine NCAA Division I Championship Qualifiers
- 23 NCAA Division I East Region Outdoor Qualifiers
- 35 America East Conference Indoor Individual Champions
- 41 America East Conference Outdoor Individual Champions
- Eight Most Outstanding America East Meet Performers
- Three America East Rookie of the Meet Performers
- Two America East Scholar Athlete of the Year winners
- 19 America East Winter Academic Team selections
- 25 America East Spring Academic Team selections

COACHING ACCOLADES

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Head of the 2008 and 2011 America East Men's Indoor 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

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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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

 
coach Assistant Coach
Annette Acuff

12th Season
Oklahoma (2005)

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 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

- 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

COACHING ACCOLADES

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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

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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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
 

coachAssistant Coach
Natilee Dawkins
Sixth Season
Gardner-Webb (2002)


Natilee Dawkins
begins her sixth season as an assistant track & field coach at Binghamton University. Under her watch, the Bearcats ' sprint program has taken major strides within the America East Conference.

Since 2006, Binghamton sprinters have accounted for 22 individual conference titles, including five first-place finishes in the relay events. In the past four years, the sprinters have been instrumental in the Bearcat men finishing as the runner-up at the past four America East Indoor Championships. Binghamton also placed second at the 2010 and 2011 conference outdoor meets. Dawkins was part of the America East Men's Indoor Coaching Staff of the Year in both 2008 and 2011.

Over past five seasons, a Binghamton sprinter has been named the Most Outstanding Athlete at a America East Conference meet six times. During that same span, the men's team has posted 28 America East All-Conference selections while the women have had 19 honorees. On the national level, Dawkins coached Binghamton's first-ever NCAA qualifier in the sprints two years ago when Cazal Arnett made the 2009 Indoor Championships.

Dawkins came from Gardner-Webb University, where she was the graduate assistant coach the previous two years and also worked with the sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers. She was also a volunteer assistant coach at Middle College High School in New York City during that time.

A 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.

Dawkins completed her master's degree in international business at Gardner-Webb in 2006. This past spring, she earned her U.S. Track & Field Level 2 coaching certification in the sprints and hurdle events.

BINGHAMTON TRACK & FIELD SPRINT PROGRAM UNDER NATILEE DAWKINS

- One NCAA Championship Meet selection
- 22 Individual Conference Champions
- 47 Total America East All-Conference Selections

COACHING ACCOLADES

- Part of the 2008 and 2011 America East Men's Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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A three-time NCAA Division II All-American during the 2000 indoor and outdoor track seasons

THE DAWKINS FILE

2006-present:
Assistant Track & Field Coach, Binghamton University
2004-06: Assistant Track & Field Coach, Gardner-Webb University

 

coach Assistant Coach
Gabe Fletcher
Second Season
Binghamton (2003)


Gabe Fletcher
begins his second 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.

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.

COACHING ACCOLADES

- Part of the 2011 America East Men's Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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Named America East All-Conference during the 2002 indoor track season

THE FLETCHER FILE

2010-present:
Assistant Track & Field Coach, Binghamton University

 
 
coachAssistant Coach
Jason Headman
First Season
Akron (2009)

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, Allegheny’s men’s 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 Conference’s (OAC) Men’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year. He was also part of the 2010 (OAC) Men’s 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 bachelor’s 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.
 

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

- 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