by: David Whigham
Women Ranked No. 2 and Men No. 3 in USTFCCCA
UMES men hold 2nd place & the women rose to 4th during Day 2 of the MEAC Championships. (photos by Megan Raymond).
Coach Bynoe begins his third season with the hawks as Assistant Coach responsible for the Throws, and as the team's Strength and Conditioning Coach. Since arriving at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Bynoe has developed the hawk's throwing program into an impressive corps that has been extremely successful both locally and on the national stage. He had a successful season last year when his throwers broke three school records and won multiple events including the indoor and outdoor MEAC /ECAC championships.
A native of the Commonwealth of Dominica, and an IAAF Level Four throws coach, Bynoe brings 17 years of experience to UMES. He has established himself as one of the most recognized and successful coaches in his country and Caribbean. His accomplishments led him to be chosen as the national coach for the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, also the World Games in Edmonton Canada.
Bynoe brings a wealth of experience and a rich history of excellence to the program. But, more importantly, he brings an understanding on what it takes at the highest levels through a deep appreciative of science and technique; he also understands the human element on what the throwing events involves. In essence, Bynoe brings to UMES what it takes in making of champions.
With Bynoe's guidance he has been instrumental in his thrower Vanessa Henry who improved her hawk's career by breaking her own school Shot Put record five times in the year, starting from 15.02 meters, finishing with a distance of 16.30 meters. She also went ahead setting new school records in the weight throw with a mark of 17.33 meters, and the discus in 42.79 meters. She finished her season with eight gold medals, including one from the MEAC indoor and outdoor Championships, and two silver medals at the (ECAC), and one at the MEAC's. Her season ended with a highest entrance to the NCAA eastern conference list as 13th.
There were other successful throwers under his guidance last year like Freshman Lexia Robinson, who earned three medals, including two silvers and one bronze. Her best went from 12.30 meters in the shot put to 13.88 meters earning her third place at the MEAC outdoor Championships. She also had other improvements where she went from a 11.02 meters weight throw to a 14.79 meters toss. Sophomore Imani Cox who captured the gold medal in the Morgan State Legacy meet with a discus throw toss of 41.21meters moving up from 36.00meters and a third place win at the MEAC outdoor Championships with season-best of 41.22 meters.
On the men side, athlete Marcus Brown went on to win both the indoor and outdoor MEAC shot put championships where he started from 15.30 meters ended up throwing his personal best of 17.21m. He also went on to get second places in the discus setting a new personal best, throwing 49.85m, and second place in the indoor weight throw.
Before coming to UMES, Bynoe coached at McKendree University as throws coach and the team's strength and conditioning coach. During his time there he was able to develop and re-structure the throwing program which saw eight throwers became All-Americans status and won two conference championships.
Bynoe's passion is to see his student-athletes get through college both academically and physically. In his extra time he finds it relaxing to just stay home seat back and study throwers and their technique.
Bynoe graduated in 2007 from McKendree University with a BS in Physical Education with minors in Sports Psychology and Coaching. He is presently pursuing his Masters in Sports Management.