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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 & field coaching staff. Most recently, he rejoined the team as Associate Head Coach on the Flames' staff in 2004-05.
In the last eight seasons, he has helped guide the Liberty men's and women's track & field teams to a combined 22 conference titles. Bingham has been a part of the Liberty coaching staff for all three IC4A championship seasons (1996, 2007 & 2008).
In 2009-10, Bingham helped Liberty become only the ninth school in NCAA Division I history to complete a conference "Double Triple." The Flames captured Big South titles in men's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field, in addition to women's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.
Bingham, whose current coaching responsibilities include the hurdles, pole vault, javelin and multi events, has coached at least one Flame to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships every year since returning to the Liberty staff in 2004-05. Last season, he coached Kolby Shepherd (pole vault) to a tie for fifth place and All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Three of Bingham's 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 that year.
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 (2001-04) 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, Bingham served as an assistant coach at Liberty for six seasons (1995-2001), where he was primarily responsible for assisting with multi-event athletes and field events. During his first stint 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 both 1982 and 1983, when he posted a personal-best score 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 25 years, Kelly, have two children: Brittany (23) and Cody (20). Brittany is a former Liberty heptathlete, while Cody is a redshirt freshman decathlete on this year's Liberty track & field team.