WARSAW — Warsaw Community Schools has announced the recommendation of Matt Binkerd as the new athletic director for Warsaw Community High School.
Binkerd’s recommendation follows the recent announcement by current Athletic Director Dave Anson that he would be stepping down from his position to pursue relocation to the Florida area with his family. Binkerd will be recommended to the WCS Board of School Trustees during the June regular board meeting, scheduled for June 18.
Binkerd grew up in a suburb outside of Portland, Ore., called Hillsboro, where his father was a longtime high school teacher, coach and athletic director. Binkerd’s love of sports carried on to his college career at the University of Oregon where he competed on the football team for one year and track and field as a pole vaulter for the Ducks for the duration of his college career.
Binkerd received his master’s degree in education from Pacific University’s satellite program in Eugene in 1996. He was hired as the head boys’ track coach and social studies teacher at Elmira High School in Veneta, Ore.
Binkerd transferred to Springfield High School in Springfield, Ore., in 1999. While there, he coached track and field as well as football. Binkerd became the head football coach in 2001. In 2003, he became the athletic and activities director at Springfield and resigned coaching track and football in 2004. He later went back to school to receive his administrative license from the University of Oregon in 2007-08.
He moved to Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore., in 2008. Binkerd has been the athletics and activities director at Sheldon since that time. While serving at Sheldon, Binkerd ran one of the most successful athletic programs in the state.
Matt Binkerd has been married to his wife, Nicole, for 22 years in July. The couple have three children, two of whom attend college at Grace College and Indiana Wesleyan University. Their youngest son will attend Warsaw Community High School in the fall.