Jan. 21, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dave Bingham has been named an assistant coach on the Lobo baseball staff, New Mexico head coach Rich Alday recently announced. Bingham was the head coach for eight years at the University of Kansas from 1988-95 and for 14 years at Emporia State University from 1974-87, collecting an impressive lifetime record of 807-495-2. After retiring at Kansas, Bingham began the Dave Bingham Baseball Academy in Lawrence, Kan., where he has spent the last nine years coaching and teaching. Bingham will primarily coach the Lobo pitching staff.
"We are very excited to have Dave on our staff," said Alday. "He's an outstanding coach and brings 31 years of experience. We played together in college and in the minor leagues, coached together at Emporia State and in the Olympics, and now we have a chance to work together again at New Mexico. I'm really looking forward to it."
Bingham anchored a successful program at Kansas, becoming one of the school's all-time winningest coaches with a 249-225 record. He led the Jayhawks to the program's first appearance in the College World Series in 1993, and his team finished the year with a 45-18 mark and a top-10 ranking. The following year, he brought KU back to the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked in the top 25.
Prior to his arrival in Kansas, Bingham spent 14 seasons at Emporia State, where he posted a 588-270-2 record (.673). During his tenure at ESU, Bingham built the Hornet baseball program into one of the best in the NAIA ranks. His teams won 11 district titles, five regional crowns and eight conference championships. He led ESU to the NAIA World Series five times and won the national championship in 1978. Bingham was selected NAIA District X Coach of the Year 11 times, NAIA Area III Coach of the Year six times, and was recognized as the national coach of the year in 1976, 1984 and 1986.
Bingham's success throughout the years afforded him numerous opportunities on the national and international level. He served as an assistant coach on the United States Olympic baseball team that won a silver medal in 1984 and a gold medal in 1988. In 1984, he served as the head coach of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the World Championships. Overall, Bingham has coached on eight international squads that have won three gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal.
Bingham played baseball at Arizona and Emporia State with Coach Alday, and the pair were drafted together and played for the Washington Senators organization in the early 1970's. They also coached together on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team.
Bingham earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1972 and his master's degree in 1973 at Emporia State. He was named the head coach at ESU in 1973.
Bingham, 54, and his wife, Janet, have two children, Brianna, 23, and Brandon, 20. Brandon is a sophomore on the Lobo baseball team this season.