Zach Binkerd has been named interim head men’s and women’s wrestling coach at Pacific University, the school announced yesterday. Binkerd has spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Boxers and wrestled for four seasons at Pacific from 2009-2013.
The Boxer wrestling program is now in the hands of former Pacific wrestler and former assistant coach Zach Binkerd as he’s officially been named interim Head men’s and women’s wrestling coach.
Binkerd knows first-hand how Pacific and the ability to compete in a sport you love at the college level can make a significant impact in one’s life. “I think some of the things that I learned as an athlete helped me in my professional career. The things that I learned in the classroom pushed me above my peers. I truly believe that Pacific University has a great education. I did both my undergrad and graduate work here, and I came out of my graduate program feeling like a professional – like I was ready to attack the world. I owe that a lot to the education that I received at Pacific and the culture that was created through the wrestling program,” said Binkerd.
Athletic Director Keith Buckley is excited to have Binkerd lead the way for the Boxer wrestling program moving forward.
“Coach Binkerd has a tremendous connection to the Boxer wrestling community and is eager to take the necessary steps to move our program positively forward into the future. He is a proud wrestling alum of Pacific University who is excited to lead our current student-athletes through this challenging time,” said Buckley.