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Lance BinghamAssociate Head Coach
College: Texas Tech ('85)
Start Date: Aug 2004
Lance Bingham has served two different stints on the Liberty track and field coaching staff, totaling 12 years. Most recently, he rejoined the team as Associate Head Coach on the Flames' staff in 2004-05. In the last five seasons, he has helped guide the Liberty men's and women's track and field teams to a combined 12 conference titles. Bingham has been a part of the Liberty coaching staff for all three IC4A championship seasons (1996, 2007 & 2008).
Last season, Bingham helped coach senior decathlete Daniel Newell to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It marked the fifth consecutive year Liberty has been represented in the decathlon at the NCAA national meet. Flames decathletes also swept the top three places at the Big South meet for the first time in program history, and Newell and Geren Woodbridge finished 1-2 at the IC4A Championship.
Bingham, who primarily works with the field event and multi-event athletes, saw three of his charges (Jon Hart, Clendon Henderson and Brandon Hoskins) qualify for the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Additionally, Henderson took part in the U.S. Olympic Trials.
As a result, Bingham was duly recognized as the 2008 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
During his time away from Liberty, Bingham spent three years as the head coach at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas, where he was named the 2004 National Junior College Outdoor Coach of the Year.
At South Plains Junior College, Bingham's athletes won 13 individual national championships and earned 33 All-America honors in track and cross country, while the 2002 women's marathon squad won the national championship. On two separate occasions, his men's teams earned a third-place finish at the national championship meet.
Prior to his tenure at South Plains, he served as an assistant coach at Liberty for six seasons, where he was primarily responsible for assisting with multi-event athletes and field events. As an assistant coach for the Flames, he coached seven Division I All-Americans.
During his competitive days, Bingham was an All-America decathlete at South Plains Junior College, finishing second at nationals in 1982 and 1983 with a personal best of 7,510 points. He went on to compete at Texas Tech, where he also played football.
Bingham graduated cum laude from Texas Tech with a bachelor's degree in physical education and earned his masters of education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.
Bingham and his wife of 22 years, Kelly, have two children, Brittany (20) and Cody (17). Brittany is a freshman heptathlete on this year's Liberty track & field team.