Release: March 17, 2008
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Thompson also makes history with Quiller's NCAA pole vault win
VESTAL, N.Y.-- National championships are nothing new for Binghamton head track & field coach Mike Thompson. After winning the 1989 NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor pole vault titles while competing at Northern Colorado, he has coached eight NCAA champions in his 13 years at the helm of the Binghamton program.
Still, it was Rory Quiller's win on Friday in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships that puts Thompson in the rare category of having coached a national champion at all three NCAA Division levels. The NCAA does not keep such records but has indicated that Thompson's accomplishment is extremely unusual, especially at the same institution.
"Mike has demonstrated that he is capable of coaching outstanding athletes at every level of the sport," Binghamton Athletic Director Dr. Joel Thirer said. "He is a devoted and highly respected professional who continues to do an outstanding job for the Binghamton University track & field program."
Binghamton University Hall of Famer Monique Hacker won five NCAA Division III triple jump titles between 1996-98. Jewdyer Osborne won the NCAA Division III 110 hurdles championship in the 1998 outdoor meet. In Binghamton's first year competing at the NCAA Division II level, Brian Hamilton won the long jump title at the 1999 indoor meet.
"I am delighted, but not surprised, that Mike Thompson has now coached a
national champion at the NCAA Division I, II, and III level," Binghamton Senior Associate Athletic Director Jim Norris said. "Mike is anextremely hard working coach, with tremendous sport specific knowledge, whose fiercely competitive nature and outstanding teaching abilities have allowed him to maximize the potential of numerous student athletes under his direction."
This past February, Thompson was named the America East Conference Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. The men's team finished a program-best second place at the conference indoor meet. At last season's America East Outdoor Championships, the Binghamton's women's team swept both relay titles and had the meet's Most Outstanding Track Performer (Kim Williams).
During his years at Binghamton, Thompson has remained active in the pole vaut scene. He has won four pole vault titles at the Empire State Games (1995, 1996, 1997 and 2004). In addition, Thompson was published in the Winter 2003 edition of Track Coach. The article, which was Thompsons first published work, is entitled Troubleshooting the Pole Vault.
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