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.”
WXC Head Coach/Track & Field Assistant Coach
Sarah (Hesser) Hopkins serves as the head coach of the Gopher women’s cross country program and is an assistant coach for the women’s track & field team. The 2018 cross country season marks her sixth season as the women’s cross country head coach and 14th season with the program overall.
The 2013-14 season was Hopkins’ first season as the head coach of the women’s 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.
Most recently, Hopkins’ 2017 Gophers finished as Big Ten Conference runners-up, a program-first, and went on to place 19th at the NCAA Championship after finishing third at the Midwest Region. Minnesota has earned top-five Big Ten team finishes in all five seasons with Hopkins at the helm of the program. The 2016 Gophers placed fourth as hosts of the B1G Championship and took fourth at the Midwest Region.
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.