Alumni & Friends
Fred Binggeli from Columbia, MO, Class of 1973, was inducted into the Westminster Athletic Hall of Fame at a special Alumni Honors Convocation Ceremony held April 20 during Alumni Weekend in the Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury on the Westminster College campus in Fulton, MO.
This award distinguishes athletes of excellence who have upheld their strength of ability both on and off the field or court. It recognizes athletes who have given pride and spirit in the Westminster community through their sport.
"While attending Westminster College, I had very rewarding academic, athletic, and social experiences," says Binggeli. "Via the outstanding professors, the challenging courses helped me develop discipline, knowledge, leadership skills, and respect for others in order to be successful in my professional career. The mentoring by Coach Richard (Dick) F. Ault assisted me in becoming a national-level post-collegiate runner. The prestigious Westminster College education always gave me an advantage when applying for a coaching or administrative position."
Binggeli is a former Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at the University of Virginia and at Southeast Missouri State University. He last served as an Assistant Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at the University of Missouri-Columbia and represents the highest standards of excellence in those sports both as an athlete and a coach.
As an athlete himself, Binggeli set four Westminster school records in track, became the first runner to achieve All District honors four times in his NAIA cross country district and earned NAIA All-American status twice in the mile run at the National Indoor Championship.
He set the indoor two-mile and outdoor three-mile state track records in 1975 and met the U.S. Olympic qualifying standard in the 5000 meter race twice.
As a coach, he coached the 1984 Men's NCAA Division II National Cross Country Team, the 1988 Olympic Champion in the men's 800 meters and over 50 NCAA Division I and II All-Americans and three National Champions.
He is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame, as well as those at Southeast Missouri State University and Fulton High School.
He holds a master's degree in physical education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.