NORTON, Mass. - Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak '00 has announced the hiring of Sara Binkhorst as the next head women's basketball coach at Wheaton College. Binkhorst joins the Wheaton staff as the eighth head coach in program history after serving as the assistant coach at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island for the last four seasons.
Binkhorst Named Head Women's Basketball Coach
Posted: Jun 21, 2019
"Wheaton is extremely fortunate to have Sara Binkhorst join our team," said Sutyak. Her experiences as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in the Ivy League, as well as a high achieving student-athlete at the Division III level, make her an ideal fit for Wheaton women's basketball. We are looking forward to watching her thrive as a coach and mentor for our student-athletes."
During her time at Brown, Binkhorst helped guide the Bears to their second straight Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament title in 2017-18, beginning the year with a program-best 12-1 start. The season saw the Bears finished above .500 for the third straight year with a 15-12 overall record and set program records for points against a Division I opponent (102) and for single-season team free throw percentage (.752).
In 2016-17, Binkhorst aided Brown to an appearance in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament and to a spot in the Women's Basketball Invitational, gaining the program's first-ever win in a national postseason tournament.
In 2019 Binkhorst was named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Thirty Under 30 honoree. Binkhorst is also the co-director of PlayBOLD, a non-profit that leads college athletes to developing countries to engage in service work and utilize sports as an agent for social change.
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics John Sutyak, Associate Director of Athletics Lisa Yenush, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Kate McCaffrey, as well as the entire search committee for entrusting me with leading the women's basketball program here at Wheaton College," said Binkhorst. "I feel extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work with the amazing student-athletes at Wheaton and join a community that values both academic and athletic excellence. I am excited to begin working with the women on our team and help bring this program to new heights."
A Bowdoin College alum, Binkhorst was the New England Women's Basketball Association's (NEWBA) Player of the Year in 2014-15 after averaging 14.4 points and 3.1 assists per game in leading the Polar Bears to the Sweet Sixteen of the Division III NCAA Tournament. Boasting 1,075 career points and earning two First-Team All-NESCAC selections in her career, Binkhorst finished her time at Bowdoin as the program's 11th all-time leading scorer.