ARLINGTON, Va. – Marymount University Director of Athletics, Jamie Reynolds, has announced the hiring of Jeff Benito, who will serve as the Head Coach of the new Marymount men's and women's tennis teams, which will begin competition in the 2019-20 season.
Benito brings the Saints over 15 years of coaching experience on multiple levels of collegiate athletics, while also possessing 13-plus years of experience with the United States Tennis Association – Southern California.
"I am extremely humbled and grateful that Athletic Director Jamie Reynolds and the Search Committee have selected me to start and lead the Men's and Women's Tennis program at Marymount University," Benito said. "I am excited about the prospect of building a program from the ground up and growing the teams into something special for the university and the student-athletes."
With over 10 years of head coaching experience, Benito has held the position at Cypress College, McPherson College, and Cowley County College. His coaching career began as the Assistant Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Riverside City College, and he joins Marymount from his most recent seat as the Assistant Women's Tennis Coach at University of the Pacific.
"Jeff is a great addition to our team," Reynolds said. "He comes with a wealth of coaching experience at many levels that will set a great foundation for our program. He has a proven record of successfully recruiting competitive teams and high quality student athletes from around the globe."
He was named the 2016 NJCAA National Men's Junior College Coach of the Year at Cowley, while guiding the team to be ranked No. 8 in the country. Benito has earned multiple Conference Coach of the Year awards, as well, while also garnering the ITA/CCCAA Coach of the Year in 2011 and three ITA/NAIA Central Region Coach of the Year honors for the McPherson women's team in 2014 and men's team in 2014 and 2013.
Benito has produced numerous All-American and All-Conference athletes at each of his schools and has coached three men's Conference Players of the Year and one women's. He has guided multiple teams to be conference champions, while leading teams to regional and national tournaments. In his second stint with Cypress, he led the men's team to its highest finish at No. 2 in the CCCAA, producing three All-American singles' players and one All-American doubles team in the process.
On top of his extensive coaching background and success, Benito also worked his way up to the Director of Junior Team Tennis for the USTA – Southern California. He helped increase program participation by five percent, while overseeing 11 area league managers in that time.
"He cares deeply about the student-athlete experience and is the right coach for this program," Reynolds added. "I look forward to the success he will bring to Marymount Athletics."