Dr. Ted Bulling

Faculty/Staff profile

Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, Assistant Professor of HHP & Education
(402) 465-2369
Weary Center 204

Dr. Ted Bulling begins his 27th season as the Nebraska Wesleyan men’s track coach and his 25th year as the head coach for the women . He also coaches the NWU cross country teams in his role as Director of Track & Field/Cross Country. He is in his 22nd season as the men's cross country coach and his 17th year in charge of women's cross country. Over the years, his teams have won a combined total of 62 conference team titles.

Bulling is currently serving as the President of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA), the first Division III coach to serve as the president of the association.

In cross country, Bulling has led the men to GPAC crowns in ten of the last 12 seasons, while the NWU women have won or shared nine of the last eleven. Nebraska Wesleyan’s men have qualified as a team for the NCAA Cross Country Championships 14 years in a row, while the women have made it in 11 of the last 15 seasons. Bulling’s cross country coaching career includes Gary Wasserman’s individual national title at the NCAA Championships in 1992, as well as a third-place NCAA men’s team finish in 2001 and fourth-place NCAA men’s team finishes in both 2002 and 2005.

Last season, Bulling helped the NWU women win their sixth straight GPAC Championship, while the men regained the conference crown with another GPAC title. Both the NWU men and women received at-large bids to qualify for the NCAA III Cross Country Championships. At the Championships, the women placed 13th as a team with the men finishing 24th.. The NWU men finished 27th at the championships. Bulling was named the Association of DIII Independents (AD3I) Coach-of-the-Year for the men and women for the second straight season.

A six-time national coach of the year, Bulling has also helped Nebraska Wesleyan’s track and field program build a national reputation. The NWU men’s track and field teams have placed in the top four nationally in seven of the last 14 NCAA meets, and the 2005 men’s outdoor team finished No. 1 in the national power rankings. In 2000, Bulling became the only coach in history to receive both the NAIA and NCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year awards.

A 1980 Nebraska Wesleyan graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Bulling enjoyed an outstanding athletic career. He held the school’s discus record for 10 years and was also a three-year starter on the football team’s defensive line.

Bulling received his doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1993. In addition to his coaching duties at NWU, Bulling is also an assistant professor of health and human performance and education. Bulling and his wife, Denise, have two children, Emily and Elliott.


1980 B.S. Nebraska Wesleyan University
1983 M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1993 Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Courses taught: 

IDS 01 Liberal Arts Seminar (Current topic: Positive Psychology. previous topics:The Modern Olympic
Game, Baseball & American Culture)
HHP 131 Foundations of Health & Human Performance
HHP 276 Sport and Exercise Psychology
ED 01 Introduction to American Education
ED 75 Field Experience
ED 105 Human Development & Learning
ED 105L Human Development & Learning Lab

Research and academic interests: 

*Impact of intercollegiate athletics on academic performance and personal development of student-athletes.

Service interests: 

Kids Against Hunger
Special Olympics
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
St. Marks Church

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)- Current President
International Positive Psychology Association