The University of Minnesota Fieldhouse and Bierman Track are home to the Golden Gopher Track & Field teams. In addition to hosting several Big Ten Championships, the venues have also served as home of the U.S. Olympic Festival and the International Special Olympics. read more
Director of Womens Track & Field/Cross Country
Matt Bingle enters his fifth season as director of womens 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 womens director of track & field and cross country at the University of Minnesota in October 2011.
During Bingles first four years overseeing both the womens 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 womens 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 wouldnt be here today if it werent for my wife and family.”
Head Coach-Womens Cross Country
Sarah (Hesser) Hopkins serves as the head coach of the Gopher womens cross country program and is an assistant coach for the womens track & field team. The 2015 cross country season marks her third season as the womens cross country head coach and 11th season with the program overall.
The 2013-14 season was Hopkins first season as the head coach of the womens cross country program after serving as a volunteer assistant for eight seasons. She replaced long-time head coach Gary Wilson following his retirement after the conclusion of the 2012-13 track & field season.
Hopkins 2014 squad made the Gophers 10th-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships after placing second at the NCAA Midwest Regional and fifth at the Big Ten Championships. In Hopkins first season at the helm of the program in 2013, the Gophers finished 20th at the national cross country meet after earning a runner-up individual (Molly Kayfes) and team finish at the Midwest Regional. Three Gophers have earned All-Big Ten honors (Laura Docherty-2013, Kayfes-2013, Maggie Bollig-2013) in Hopkins time as head coach.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Nick Larson is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Gopher womens cross country team in 2015. Larson brings over 10 years of coaching experience to his position at Minnesota.
Larson coached cross country and track & field at Onalaska (Wis.) High School from 2004 to 2011. After spending two seasons as an assistant coach working with the sprinters, Larson became the girls track & field head coach in 2006 and held the position through 2011. The 2009 Mississippi Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Larson coached the Hilltoppers to the 2009 Mississippi Valley Conference title. He coached 30 WIAA state championship qualifiers, nine all-state student-athletes, and three state champions on the track. His student-athletes also broke 15 school records during his coaching tenure as well.
Larson also served as an assistant coach for cross country at Onalaska High School from 2004 to 2010. The girls team secured three top-six finishes at the WIAA State Cross Country Championship under his direction. He also coached eight individual WIAA state qualifiers and three Mississippi Valley Conference champions teams.