Kacey Bingham named Dixie State women’s soccer coach

Kacey Bingham SAINT GEORGE, Utah – Kacey Bingham, fresh off of leading the Paradise Valley (AZ) Community College women's soccer program to a national championship, has been named the women's soccer coach at Dixie State College.

Dixie State Athletic Director Jason Boothe announced the hiring Monday, Dec. 17.

"I am very excited to be able to add such an exceptional coach and leader like Kacey with the background she brings," Boothe said. "She has demonstrated that she can recruit and coach by the program she built into a two-time national championship-winning program. The expectations are high for our program. I believe very confidently that Kacey will surpass all of our expectations in short order and that we have found an excellent leader for Dixie State women's soccer."

Bingham's journey to Dixie State College parallels the path taken by the Red Storm.

Dixie State College transitioned from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranks to competition at the NCAA Division II level in 2006.

Bingham will take over the Red Storm program just a few weeks removed from seeing her Pumas win the NJCAA National Championship over top-seed Brevard 3-0 in Florida.

Paradise Valley closed the season 23-0-1 to win its second title in the last three years.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of the program," Bingham said. "I think if we get the group together quickly, I have high expectations for a good season next year."

She became head coach at Paradise Valley Community College in 2006 after serving as the assistant coach for the Pumas during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Bingham's record while coaching at PVCC was 125-14-8.

During her inaugural year as head coach, she led the Pumas to their first Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Championship and was named ACCAC Coach of the Year.

Since 2006, the Pumas have consistently been ranked in the Top 15 in the nation by the NJCAA.

PVCC attended its first NJCAA National Tournament in 2009 where it finished third. In 2010, the Pumas had a perfect season going 24-0 while claiming the ACCAC title, the NJCAA Region Championship, the NJCAA District crown, and tje NJCAA National Championship.

Bingham was named ACCAC Coach of the Year, NSCAA Region Coach of the Year, NSCAA Coach of the Year, and NJCAA Coach of the Year.

"We (Paradise Valley) like to play high-pressure soccer and we like to be good at a little bit of everything," Bingham added. "We like to possess and we like to play fast."

If winning junior college championships were not enough, Bingham also coached at Pinnacle High School.

Pinnacle High School won the 2010-11 State Championship and had a perfect record of 21-0.

Bingham was named 2011 AIA Region Coach of the Year and AIA Arizona Big Schools Coach of the Year. Her record while coaching at PHS is 50-8-2.

Bingham was born in Phoenix and graduated from Thunderbird High School in 2002. During high school, she played with the Sereno Soccer Club and won four state championships.

Bingham also played within the Olympic Development Program. After high school, she went on to play soccer for Arizona State University and received her bachelor of science degree in recreation management.

Kacey and her husband, Kyle, currently reside in Phoenix. They have two sons, Braxton and Jace.

Bingham assumes the leadership role vacated by Linda Huddleston, who resigned on Nov. 7.

Huddleston led Dixie State to a NJCAA National Championship in 2003 and had a .662 winning percentage in her 11 years as head coach.

Dixie State closed the 2012 season with a 6-10-2 overall record. The team sprinted out to a fast start in Pacific West Conference play by winning six of its first seven league matches, but a late-season string of seven consecutive match losses left the Red Storm with a 6-8 PacWest mark.