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Since Annette Acuff was hired as the head cross country and assistant track & field coach in 2000, Binghamton has built a successful Division I distance program from the ground up.
Acuff guided the Bearcat men's team to the 2009 America East championship, a runner-up finish last season and a third-place finish in 2008. During that three-year stretch, Binghamton has had 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 have 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 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.
In the classroom, Binghamton has been just as successful under Acuff's watch. The men's team has had nine America East All-Academic Team selections since 2008. The past two seasons, the Bearcats have posted more All-Academic picks than any other men's team in the conference. In 2010, Binghamton had its first-ever America East Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete in Chris Gaube.
Since 2008, 14 members of the Binghamton women's team have been inducted into the National College Athlete Honors Society. During that same stretch, 10 members of the men's team have also been inducted. In 2009, the Bearcat women's team maintained a 3.42 overall GPA.
Equally as impressive for Acuff has been her role as the assistant coach with the Binghamton track & field distance program. Under her watch, the men's distance runners have won eight individual conference 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.
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 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
- 15 Total America East All-Conference Selections
- Nine America East Men's All-Academic Selections
BINGHAMTON TRACK & FIELD DISTANCE PROGRAM UNDER ANNETTE ACUFF
- Two USFTCCCA All-America selections
- Three NCAA Championship Meet entrees
- Eight Men's Individual Conference Champions
- 38 Total America East All-Conference Selections
ACUFF'S BINGHAMTON COACHING ACCOLADES
- 2009 America East Men's 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
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.
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