Director of Women's Track & Field/Cross Country
Matt Bingle enters his fifth season as director of women's track & field and cross country at the University of Minnesota in 2015-16. He has been with the Gophers since October 2002 and became the first person to hold the title of women's director of track & field and cross country at the University of Minnesota in October 2011.
During Bingle's first four years overseeing both the women's track & field and cross country programs, the Gopher track & field team has earned 10 All-American honors, 20 NCAA championship qualifiers, 20 All-Big Ten honors and 150 academic All-Big Ten awards. In addition, the Gophers' cross country program has earned 14 all-region honors, five All-Big Ten accolades and 75 academic All-Big Ten awards since Bingle took over direction of both programs in 2011-12.
"Serving as director of women's track & field and cross country is a great honor for me, and I am extremely blessed to be here at the University of Minnesota," Bingle said. "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my wife and family."
Peter Miller enters his third season with the Golden Gophers in 2015-16 after joining the University of Minnesota women's track & field staff in summer 2013. Miller, a former Gopher student-athlete, serves as an assistant coach for throws and high jump.
In his first two seasons with the Gophers, Miller coached the Minnesota throwers to four Big Ten runner-up finishes (Nicolle Murphy, javelin 2014 and 2015; Devin Stanford, discus, 2014; Stanford, hammer throw, 2015) and one Second Team All-American award (Stanford, hammer, 2014).
Minnesota's throwers secured 12 indoor career-best marks and added 22 more lifetime-best marks outdoor during the 2014 season. The team followed up with 20 indoor and 24 outdoor career bests in the throws in 2015. Stanford became Minnesota's first hammer thrower to qualify for the national meet since Liz Alabi competed in 2007. Placing 15th in the hammer with a then career-best throw, Stanford then became the first Gopher thrower to place at the national meet since Nikki Tzanakis finished 14th in the discus in 2011.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Ibrahim Kabia is in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Gopher women's track & field team in 2015-16.
Before joining the Minnesota staff, Kabia spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Orono High School, working primarily with the sprints and relays. His duties included planning and coordinating daily practice sessions and competitions and developing training plans. He coached the Orono girls to the 2013 Wright County Conference title, the first in program history. Kabia also coached three individual conference champions and state meet qualifiers in each of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons.
A native of Sierra Leone and an alum of the Golden Gopher men's track & field program, Kabia still holds Minnesota program records in the 60-meter dash (6.63 seconds) and 100-meter dash (10.29). He served as a captain for the Gophers in 2008 and 2009 and was the 2008 Big Ten Conference champion in the 100m dash.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Stephen Michel is in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Gophers in 2015-16. Michel provides assistance with the sprints, jumps, hurdles, and multi-event groups.
Michel spent the 2013-14 season as a volunteer assistant coach for Augsburg College. In his one year at Augsburg, Michel helped coach one student-athlete to a MIAC Outdoor Conference title in the long jump.
Michel competed collegiately for the University of Wyoming as a sprinter and horizontal jumper (2008-13). During his career at Wyoming, Michel achieved All-Mountain West Conference performances in the triple jump (2010 indoor, 2010 outdoor) and the long jump (2013 outdoor). Michel also competed at the 2010 NCAA West Prelims in three individual events (100m, long jump, triple jump) with his best finish placing 24th in the triple jump (50-0.25). He has marks in the top-10 all-time for the 60m, 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump at Wyoming.