Jan. 11, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Bobby Benson, who played at Johns Hopkins and coached at UMBC, has been named assistant men's lacrosse coach at Loyola College, Head Coach Charley Toomey announced today. Benson, an All-America attackman for the Blue Jays, becomes Loyola's offensive coordinator.
"Loyola is a place with tremendous lacrosse tradition," says Benson. "I've had great opportunities at both Johns Hopkins and UMBC and have learned a lot about coaching. I'm really looking forward to contributing at Loyola."
Benson spent the last two seasons on UMBC's coaching staff and guided a Retrievers' squad that averaged just under 10 goals per game and finished second in the nation in man-up offense in 2005. He will take on similar responsibilities on Coach Toomey's staff.
"It's great to have Bobby [Benson] on staff," says Coach Toomey. "With practice starting next Tuesday, there will be a lot of work to do and Bobby is a grinder. He knows the game, has a lot to offer, and brings plenty of intensity and passion. We're lucky to have him."
Benson had an outstanding playing career at Johns Hopkins, scoring 124 career goals to place him sixth on the all-time scoring list. He led the Blue Jays in scoring each season from 2000 to 2003, becoming only the second player in school history to do so. As a senior, he posted 41 goals with 12 assists and earned All-America honors. Benson was an Honorable Mention All-America his junior season and also garnered Verizon Academic All-America honors while earning his degree in Economics.
A native of Baltimore, Benson was first a standout for McDonogh High School, where he earned Baltimore Metro Player of the Year honors as a senior and led his team to the MIAA "A" Conference title.
"Bobby is a local kid with a lot of Baltimore ties," adds Toomey. "He's a perfect fit for Loyola College."
"Baltimore is the home of lacrosse," says Benson. "I can't imagine being part of a lacrosse community in any other city. I'm grateful for this opportunity and am excited about building relationships with Loyola student-athletes. I'm definitely looking forward to 2006."