Dorena Bingham enters her second season on the Seattle U women's basketball coaching staff. Bingham, a 1985 graduate of Seattle U, brings a wealth of coaching experience at the high school and youth national team levels to the Redhawk women's hoops program.
"Dorena Bingham has done a fabulous job of transitioning from high school to travel coach and now to a Division I coach here at Seattle U," said head coach Joan Bonvicini. "She had great contacts with both high school and travel coaches around the country, and a tremendous network of collegiate coaches from previous jobs. She has done a very good job of developing our guards. She has been good at scouting and is now our recruiting coordinator. I look forward to a long relationship with her and I enjoy working with her. She's been a very good member of our coaching staff."
Bingham joined the collegiate ranks for the first time in her two decades of coaching. She currently is an assistant coach for USA Basketball's U17 women's team. During her tenure with USA Basketball, she helped guide the U17 team to the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championships and the U16 squad to the 2009 gold medal at the FIBA Americas tournament. Bingham has also been the head coach of Team Alaska's AAU team since 1991 and coached the varsity basketball team at East Anchorage High School for 15 season, where she guided her team's to 10 Alaska State Tournaments and three titles.
"I am very happy and excited to be joining the Seattle University women's basketball program," said Bingham. "Seattle U is my alma mater and is a very important place for me, so it is a thrill to return here to coach. At SU there is a great and proud tradition for excellence and I am grateful to be joining that. I am looking forward to working with the coaching staff and the great student-athletes on the women's basketball team."
Bingham has a storied history with Bonvicini and her coaching staff. She was also the former AAU coach of former Redhawk Talisa Rhea (Anchorage, Alaska).
She has assisted with all aspects of the program, working with both the guards and post players. Additionally, she assists with the team's recruiting efforts.