A United States Sports Academy alumnus has been named superintendent of schools for the Crescent School District in Washington State.
David L. Bingham recently was named Crescent School District superintendent and principal of Crescent School in Joyce, Wash. Located on the northern edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Crescent is a public school district that serves traditional and home schooled students under the Home Connection program, which provides families of students the opportunity to combine the best aspects of home-schooled learning with the opportunities offered by public education.
Bingham has been with the Crescent School District since 1984, when he started as a para-educator. He was hired as a high school social studies teacher in 1985 and served in that capacity until 2012, when he was named associate principal for Crescent School, which serves grades 1-12. He was also the high school boys basketball and track coach for several years and has been the district’s athletic director since 2000. He has been named his league’s coach of the year and athletic director of the year several times. He has served as administrator for Crescent’s HomeConnection program for 10 years.
Bingham, who resides in Port Angeles, Wash., received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Linfield College in Oregon in 1984 and his Master of Sports Science in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1992.
Bingham said earning his master’s degree at the Academy was instrumental to his success as a coach and school athletic administrator, as well as to his being named superintendent.
“I came to the United States Sports Academy because I was interested in athletic administration, since many coaches eventually become school administrators,” he said.
“I learned a great deal at the Academy and this helped prepare me for my new role. While my degree was in sports, it was really also like getting a business degree. We learned many important things such as legal issues, human resources, and marketing, all of which are very transferable skills. My Academy sports degree is also a good business degree.
“My Academy degree really gave me a foundation for my career and prepared me for additional academic learning, including getting my principal credentials. A successful school administrator must focus on student learning, and hiring the right people is a key component for success, which is what they talked about at the Academy.
“The Academy helped give me a foundation for academic preparedness and working with people. School administration jobs are about working with people, and the Academy is all about knowing how to work with people.
“My Academy faculty were well prepared and enthusiastic about their area of expertise. They had real life experiences to share and they were very accessible. They were not only dedicated to helping us earn our degrees, but also to helping us learn how to practice our craft.
“At the Academy I was exposed to faculty who were associated with big time sports programs.
“Since I graduated, I have sent many colleague to look at the Academy,” he added. “People should really look at the program, especially if athletics or athletic administration is their passion.”
Bingham says even though his duties have expanded, his interest in sport and sport administration remains.
“I will still be able to be involved in sports and I’m highly involved in the state’s high school athletic association,” he said. “I will also be able to mentor the new athletic director that we hire.”
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.