Director of Track & Field/Cross Country for Men and Women
The 2018-19 season marks Matt Bingle’s first season as Director of Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country at the University of Minnesota. Bingle has been with the Gophers since October 2002 and served as Director of Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country since October 2011 before being elevated to his current role in August of 2018.
During Bingle’s first seven years overseeing both the women’s track & field and cross country programs, the Gopher track & field team has earned 39 All-America honors (including a program-record 18 awards in 2017-18), 54 NCAA national championship qualifiers, 51 All-Big Ten honors, and 257 Academic All-Big Ten awards. In addition, the Gophers’ cross country program has earned 22 all-region honors, 12 All-Big Ten accolades and 129 Academic All-Big Ten awards since Bingle took over direction of both programs in 2011-12.
“Gopher Track & Field has a distinguished history and I’ve been honored to be part of that. This is the beginning of our latest chapter,” said Bingle. “This is an exciting time to be part of our program – as a coach, as a student-athlete, as an alum, or as a fan. I’m looking forward to everything our men and women will achieve together as part of our combined program and helping them accomplish their goals along the way.”
The 2018-19 season marks Peter Miller’s sixth season with the Golden Gophers after joining the University of Minnesota staff in summer 2013. Miller, a former Gopher student-athlete, spent his first five seasons serving as an assistant coach for women’s throws and high jump, while assisting with the women’s combined-events training. Starting with the 2018-19 season, Miller coaches both the men’s and women’s throws along with serving as recruiting coordinator for men’s track & field.
In his first five seasons with the Gophers, Miller coached the Minnesota throwers to 14 All-American awards and five Big Ten titles along with six Big Ten runner-up finishes. In addition, Miller helped Gophers multi-event athlete Jess Lehman (Herauf) to four All-American honors: pentathlon (Second Team, 2014; First Team, 2015) and heptathlon (First Team, 2015; First Team 2016) as well as six All-Big Ten awards in the multi-events and three scoring finishes in the B1G javelin competition.
Under Miller’s direction in 2014, Devin 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. In 2015, Nicolle Murphy was the first Gopher thrower to earn first team All-America honors since 2008, and she recorded her second-straight first team award in 2016. Miller’s throwers secured eight All-America awards in the 2018 indoor and outdoor seasons, highlighted by Kaitlyn Long’s NCAA title in the weight throw. Long became Minnesota’s second-ever individual national champion by claiming the national crown in the weight throw under Miller’s direction.
The 2018-19 season marks Ibrahim Kabia’s first season as an assistant coach for the Gopher track & field program. Kabia coaches the men’s sprints, hurdles, long jump, and triple jump while assisting Director of Track & Field Matt Bingle in coaching the same events on the women’s side.
A native of Sierra Leone, Kabia returns to the University of Minnesota after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa. With the Panthers, Kabia coached the men’s program to the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship. He worked primarily with Northern Iowa’s sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps, and relays along with serving as the acting academic liaison for all track & field and cross country student athletes.
Kabia spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the Gophers from 2014-16, working with Minnesota’s sprints, hurdles, jumps, relays, and multi-events, and helped guide the women’s team to a share of the 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
One of the best pole vaulters in University of Minnesota history returned to the program when Zach Siegmeier joined the Gophers staff as director of operations for men’s track & field and cross country. Siegmeier’s role was elevated to track & field assistant coach entering the 2018-19 season.
In his current role, Siegmeier serves as coordinator for both men’s and women’s pole vault and men’s and women’s high jump along with working with men’s decathlon and assisting Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Matt Bingle in all coaching areas. He remains the point of contact for all men’s athletes from an operations standpoint.
A native of Lakewood, Ill., Siegmeier was a two-time All-American for the Gophers and a three-time Big Ten champion. As a senior captain in 2014, he swept the indoor and outdoor Big Ten pole vault titles including a second-straight conference crown during the outdoor season. Siegmeier, who went on to earn Minnesota’s inaugural Garry Bjorklund Award as team MVP in 2014, picked up Second Team All-America honors during the indoor season and First Team All-America honors during the outdoor campaign. He finished his collegiate career ranked fourth all-time at Minnesota in the outdoor pole vault (5.51 meters, 18-01.00 ft.) and fifth all-time in the indoor pole vault (5.45 meters, 17-10.50 ft.).
Director of Operations
Lyndsey Thorpe joined the University of Minnesota women’s track & field staff as the program’s director of operations in August 2016 following a five-year career competing for the Golden Gophers. Thorpe earned her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a minor in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota in May 2015 and completed her Masters of Education in Applied Kinesiology in May 2017.
During her undergraduate career, Thorpe worked as an event supervisor in the Minnesota Athletics event management department, coordinating event details and execution while providing first-class customer service. She also spent three years working as a senior facility supervisor at TCF Bank Stadium during the inaugural dual-occupancy season with the Minnesota Vikings. Thorpe served as a student-athlete development intern at the University of Minnesota and logged significant community service hours with M.A.G.I.C. (Maroon & Gold Impacting the Community) as well.
Thorpe’s professional experience also includes an internship in community relations with the Minnesota Twins where she was responsible for planning and executing the 1965 American League Champions 50th reunion and overseeing the Twins Care Tickets for Kids program along with coordinating personal philanthropic programs and events for multiple players.