Martin the Thrower/Coach
- Sport: Track and Field, Hammer Throw
- Personal Best: 67.90 meters (222′ 9″)
- Height: 188cm (6’2″)
- Weight: 108kg (238 lbs.)
- Birthday: 16 August 1983
- Current Residence: Thalwil, Switzerland
- Club: LC Zürich
- Training Plan Design: Self, consulting from Anatoli Bondarchuk
- Technical Coach: Self, consulting from Wolfgang and Björn Kötteritzsch
- Massage: Arno Walther
- 21st place at the 2014 European Championships
- 7 time Swiss national champion
- National team member from 2007 to present. Represented Switzerland in 14 competitions including the European Championships, European Team Championships, European Cup, and Jeaux de la Francophonie.
- Ranked 8th all-time in Switzerland and as high as 91st in the world by the International Association of Athletic Federations.
- Two-Time NCAA All-American at the University of Washington, including a 6th place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
- Also a hobby stone thrower and shot putter, having placed in the top five at the Swiss championships in both events.
- National hammer throw coach, Swiss Athletics (since 2013)
- Throws coach, LC Zürich (since 2010)
- Experience athletics presenter and clinician who has worked with USATF, Swiss Athletics, UK Athletics, Scottish Athletics, European Athletics Coaches’ Association, Ironwood Throws Camp, and more.
- Delivered continuing education in rugby for: England Rugby (RFU) and Scottish Rugby (SRU), as well as professional teams Northampton Saints (English Premiership) and Munster Rugby (Pro12).
- Published work in Modern Athlete and Coach, New Studies in Athletics, Track Coach, Leichtathletik Training and various well-known training websites.
Martin the Attorney
- Occupation: Tax Attorney specializing in international tax, tax withholding, and FATCA
- Job Title: Director, Head of Tax
- Employer: UBS Swiss Financial Advisers AG
- Member: New York State Bar, Washington State Bar
My Athletic Career
My throwing career began at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington where I participated in track and field, football, and tennis. While I had modest success in the shot put and discus, no college recruiters called. I also had even less success in the classroom, where I had failed several classes and was unmotivated to succeed. Both my athletic and academic success improved when I found the hammer throw. The hammer throw is rarely contested in America, and by beginning the event as a youth, I was able to attract the attention of college coaches. I was also able to earn admission to a university, where I finally met some inspirational professors that finally challenged me to also succeed in the classroom.
In college I developed into one of the top hammer throwers in America, earning two All-American honors. In 2007, I placed sixth at the NCAA Championships during my final competition for the University of Washington. I also won the scholar athlete award for having the highest grades among any student-athlete at the school. After my eligibility expired, I continued to train in Seattle while finishing law school.
Before the 2008 season, I was selected to join the Swiss National Team and represented them at the European Cup in Istanbul. I also earned my law degree in 2008 and decided to move to Kamloops, British Columbia to train with my long-time coach Dr. Bondarchuk. I also accepted a job as a tax attorney in the Seattle area and travelled back and forth between training and work as I continued to compete for the Swiss national team and won my first Swiss national championship.
While I learned significantly from my time in Kamloops, the constant travel was too much and I accepted a job in Zurich in 2010 as the head of tax for a U.S. investment adviser. The new job allowed me the flexibility to continue my training while having a stabile income and simultaneously beginning my career as a coach.
Community Service and Coaching
As a student in high school in the late 1990s I developed my first hammer throw website, HS Hammer.com, to help disseminate news, rankings, results, and other information concerning high school hammer throwers in America. At the same time I also collaborated with 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist Harold Connolly to develop Hammerthrow.org and assist with the USATF Youth Hammer Throw Grant program he founded. Since his passing in 2010, I continue to coordinate both projects and also serve President and Chairman of the Evergreen Athletic Fund, a non-profit organization to promote throwing. I also have experience coaching the hammer throw and other throwing events. I have served as a coach and clinician at various levels, from beginners to elite athletes. Currently I serve as coach for Swiss Athletics and the LC Zurich track club and present regularly on training methods and technique in Europe and America (a list of upcoming events can be found here).
Newspaper Profiles and Interviews
» Werbung statt Medaillen, St. Galler Tagblatt (August 14, 2014)
» Martin Bingisser und der Sonderweg, Südostschweiz (August 6, 2014)
» Bingisser: «Ich freue mich trotzdem», Blick (August 6, 2014)
» Ein Hammer!, Südostschweiz (August 5, 2014)
» Der Einsiedler aus den USA, Tages-Anzeiger (March 22, 2012)
» Die Einsamkeit des Schweizer Meisters, Zürich 2 (August 11, 2011)
» Der Hammer-Anwalt, Blick (August 5, 2011)
» Die Schweiz war immer mein Traum, Einsiedler Anzeiger (April 21, 2011)
» 83,5 Kilogramm auf den Hände, Thurgauer Zeitung (August 23, 2010)
» Helping Olympic hopefuls reach their dreams, Bellevue Reporter, Bellevue, WA (April 1, 2009)
» Brains and brawn, The Olympian, Olympia, WA (January 25, 2007)
» UW athlete hammers at achievement, Tacoma News Tribune (May 11, 2006)
» Hammering the obstacles, University of Washington Daily (April 20, 2006)
» Ball and chain helps UW thrower turn himself around, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (May 25, 2005)
Magazine Profiles and Interviews
» Captain America, LCZ Magazin (October 2012)
» Graduation and the Olympics Are Just a Hammer’s Throw Away, ABA Student Lawyer (May 2008)
» Martin Bingisser Trains for 2008 Olympics, UW Law (Spring 2008)
» Holding Court With Martin Bingisser, University of Washington Track and Field Newsletter (May 1, 2007)
Radio and Podcast Interviews
» Interview Schweizer Leichtathletik-Meisterschaften 2012 Swiss Athletics Web-TV (July 6, 2012)
» Interview Schweizer Leichtathletik-Meisterschaften 2011 Swiss Athletics Web-TV (August 5, 2011)
» Interview Eidgenössisches Schwing-und Älplerfest 2010, DRS3 Radio (August 21, 2010)
» Interview Eidgenössisches Schwing-und Älplerfest 2010, Radio 24 Zürich (August 19, 2010)
» All Things Strength (Interview, February 24, 2015)
» Ultimate Athlete Concepts Podcast (Interview, November 26, 2014)
» Performance Podcast (Interview, June 9, 2014)
» Episode 16 (Interview), Episode 51 and Episode 104 (Commentary), House of Run Podcast (Various Dates)
» 2010 Field Event Review (Part 1 and Part 2), Track Focus Weekly Podcast (November 6 and 22, 2010)
» Spotlight on 2008 Graduates, KIRO Radio 710 AM (June 16, 2008)
Internet Articles and Other In-Depth Coverage
» Training Talk with Martin Bingisser, Wil Fleming.com (October 2012)
» Interview with Martin Bingisser, CriticalBench.com (June 2011)
» Stone Throwing With Flower Power, Internal UBS Company Newsletter (November 2010)
» UW’s Bingisser Named First-Team Academic All- American, GoHuskies.com (June 27, 2007)
My Sponsorship Team
Throwing is my passion. But like most passions, I would not be able to do it without the help of others. My team is made up of individuals and companies that believe in my dream. If your company would like to increase their brand exposure and join my team, please read the information below and contact me.
Levels of Sponsorship
There is room on my team for all levels of support. In addition to financial support, I am also in need of partners that can provide equipment, medical support, massage, or nutritional products. Each sponsorship will be negotiated individually so that it can best meet the sponsor’s needs.
Benefits of Sponsorship
A sponsorship will provide your company with a number of benefits:
- International Exposure: I can offer companies as much international exposure as any other hammer thrower in the world. As an American-born Swiss athlete, I have developed an international following. My popular blog receives over 25,000 monthly visitors from more than 140 countries. Each visitor has strong loyalty to the site and each visit averages several minutes in length and several page views. More statistics are available upon request.
- Competitions: Sponsors will receive logo placement on my uniform. I often compete in 5-10 different countries each year in front of large crowds. Logo placement is available in every competition except national team competitions such as the European Championships, where competition rules prohibit such advertisements.
- Corporate Appearances: I am available to speak or meet with employees, clients, or appear at corporate events. I have experience as a public speaker and can discuss the life of a professional athlete, the obstacles I have overcome to succeed, or how my success as an athlete translates to success in the workplace. As both an athlete and a successful attorney, I can truly provide a unique perspective and demonstrate what each activity can learn from the other. My corporate experience also helps me relate to many employees better than other athletes can.
- Media Exposure: I am frequently the in both Switzerland and the United States. I have been the subject of more than a dozen in-depth newspaper profiles, as well as numerous magazine profiles, radio and podcast interviews, television appearances, and quotes in countless other articles.
- Success: A sponsorship will link your company with success. As the Swiss national champion, I represent the Swiss national team at international competitions and rank in the country’s all-time top 10. I was also a two-time collegiate All-American at the University of Washington.
- Balance: In addition to being a successful athlete, I am also a balanced athlete. While competing for the University of Washington, I finished my law degree and earned two ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American honors. Now I work as a part-time attorney while training. I also give back to the community and have founded the non-profit Evergreen Athletic Fund, an organization dedicated to helping the throwing events grow across the country.
E-mail Address (Preferred Method)
bingisser [at] gmail [dot] com
+1 425 301 4529 (U.S.A. Number)
+41 79 927 32 21 (Switzerland Number)
Mailing Address – Seattle
4230 137th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA, USA 98005
Mailing Address – Zurich