There may be no better example of loyalty to Nebraska Wesleyan than the commitment to make the University its best. Under Coach Ted Bulling’s leadership, the track program at NWU has become recognized as just that.
Bulling is a six-time National Coach of the Year, named by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for his work with both the indoor and outdoor seasons. In 1996, he became the first coach in history to be named the National Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year at both the NCAA III and NAIA levels.
Bulling has also been named Lincoln Journal Star’s State College Coach of the Year in 1996, and the Omaha World-Herald’s Coach of the Year in 2000. That same year he received the Roy G. Story Award, recognizing a Nebraska Wesleyan faculty member or student who has “significantly enhanced the national stature and reputation” of the University.
Bulling returned to his alma mater in 1982 as an assistant track coach and became head coach four years later. In the past 22 years, his coaching skill and dedication to NWU have been evident in the caliber of athlete he has coached. They have included 36 national champions, and 120 of his athletes have earned a total of 547 All-American awards. In addition, the Lincoln Journal Star has selected Ted’s athletes for its State College Athlete-of-the-Year award seven times.
The team track and field records at Wesleyan have been just as impressive in that time for both men and women. They have included a variety of NCAA III Track and Field Championships and conference titles. Bulling sees his biggest contribution to NWU as the development of a program of which many students (about 120 each year) want to be a part and that contributes to its athletes’ personal development. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Bulling is an Assistant Professor of Education at Nebraska Wesleyan.
Bulling values the support of his family, especially wife, Denise (Gettman) Bulling ’82. Their daughter Emily, 21, is currently a senior at Gustavus Adolphus in Minnesota; son Elliot, 19, is a Nebraska Wesleyan sophomore.