Eddie Benton, Jr.
Alma Mater: Vermont '96
First year at SFU
enters his first season first season on the Saint Francis University women’s basketball coaching staff in 2012-13. A former standout at the University of Vermont, Benton comes to Loretto after eight seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Division III La Roche College in Pittsburgh.
During his time with the Lady Redhawks, his teams won 108 games punctuated by 2011-12 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular season and tournament championships. After rolling to a 22-6 record in 2011-12, La Roche's Jessica Pitts was named AMCC Player of the Year, while Benton received the league's Coach of the Year award.
Similarly in 2010-11, Benton piloted his Redhawk squad to an AMCC regular season championship and the AMCC tournament championship. In all, he led his teams to six postseason berths in his eight seasons with the program.
Prior to leading the La Roche women, Benton served three years as an assistant coach under Mark Schmidt at Robert Morris University after spending two years as an assistant coach with the men’s program at La Roche.
The University of Vermont’s all-time leading scorer in men's basketball and 2006 UVM Hall of Fame inductee, Benton was the winner of the 1996 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award given to the nation's top basketball player less than six feet tall.
Benton scored 2,474 points, tops at Vermont and second all-time in the America East. He graduated as the school's career leader in 15 different offensive categories including career field goals, career free throws, career three-pointers and career scoring average (23.8 points per game). He also dished out 458 assists, third best in school history upon graduation.
Third all-time among New England Division I scorers, Benton is one of three players to earn America East All-Conference First Team honors for four consecutive seasons. Twice he led the conference in scoring and in three of his four years he was among the top-12 in the nation. He also holds the UVM and America East single-game scoring record pouring in 54 points against Drexel on January 29, 1994.
In 1998, he was named to the America East 20th Anniversary All-Star Team. On January 29, 2000, Benton had his jersey retired by the school.
After graduating with his degree in sociology, he played professionally in the CBA with the Grand Rapids Hoops. After the CBA, Benton continued his playing career overseas in Israel, Holland and Venezuela.
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