Associate Athletic Director Brian Bingaman recently joined Eastern’s Athletic Program in the midst of COVID-19. Bingaman grew up in Northumberland, Pennsylvania where he grew up playing football, basketball, baseball, and threw shot put before going on to play football at Bloomsburg University.
After college Bingaman interned, before becoming a graduate assistant, at Penn State University’s Football program. After his time at Penn State, Bingaman served in varying roles in the Strength and Conditioning department at Indiana University, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s University before starting his position as Associate Athletic Director for Performance, Health, and Wellness here at Eastern University.
When Bingaman was asked if he would work with an Olympic team, he chuckled and replied that he’d love to work with all of them. Instead, he decided to pursue strength and conditioning because he enjoys facing a different challenge every day by developing a work out program unique to each player’s needs.
When he is not coaching college athletes, Bingaman spends time with his wife and two boys, ages six and two and a half. In an interview with Bingaman, he said “When I get home from work, I typically put my phone away and just spend that time in the evening with them” when talking about his family. As a family, they enjoy being outside as much as they can, and during quarantine they would often go on walks.
Every evening, they enjoy playing games such as Life Jr. or Monopoly Jr. as a family before their boys go to bed. This past year his older son began playing t-ball, soccer and basketball. As a parent, Bingaman said “I enjoy being involved in coaching my son’s teams because that’s what my parents did for me. My wife played a Division I sport and grew up with her parents coaching her too.”
He looks forward to working with Eastern Athletics to grow the Strength and Conditioning, and Health and Wellness programs where athletes call him “Coach Bing” while in the gym or on the field training. In the future, Bingaman hopes to grow into an administrative role while continuing to help develop and prepare the next generation of strength and conditioning coaches for careers in the industry. This year, the strength and conditioning department, led by Bingaman, will include a team of six with two interns and four graduate assistants.