Michele Benoit Named Head Coach Of John Carroll Volleyball Program

Michele Benoit Named Head Coach Of John Carroll Volleyball Program

Michele Benoit, with over 500 collegiate victories to her credit, has been named the head varsity volleyball coach at John Carroll University, Director of Varsity Athletics and Recreation Laurie Massa announced on Tuesday.
 
"Michele impressed us with her experience and success in over 20 years of collegiate coaching," said Massa.  "She has a passion for recruiting, and a plan for developing student athletes on and off the court. She is committed to the Mission of John Carroll, and we are confident in Michele's ability to build upon the recent success of our program."
 
Benoit has been a winning coach in all three of her head coaching stints at the collegiate level.
 
In 1995, Benoit was hired as the head volleyball coach, assistant athletic director, and an instructor by Division III College of Mount St. Joseph, where she would remain for 14 seasons and accrue an outstanding 400-137 (.745) record. 
 
Over the course of those 14 seasons, her teams won ten regular season titles, captured ten tournament championships, earned Top Ten AVCA National Rankings from 1999 to 2004 and Top 25 in 2005 and 2008, and maintained a team grade point average above a 3.0 all 14 seasons. 
 
Benoit herself won Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year five times and NCAA Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year twice during her time at Mount St. Joseph.
 
In 2009, she took clinical instructing and volleyball head coaching positions at Division II University of Wisconsin-Parkside, turning around a floundering program into a winning one over the course of just two seasons. 
 
She raised the team from a 10-22 record in 2008 to their first 20+ win season since 1997, and the team earned a regional ranking for the first time in over ten years, reaching as high as #9 in the region.  Over these two seasons her team went 40-23 (.635) and her team again maintained a team GPA above 3.0.
 
Her last stop before arriving at JCU was at Division III Haverford College, being hired as the head volleyball coach and coordinator of club sports. 
 
Benoit spent five seasons at the helm of the volleyball program and earned a 98-51 (.658) record and a 36-14 (.720) regular season conference record.  In addition, the Fords made the league playoffs four times, earned the AVCA Academic Award three years, and had 12 players selected to CC All Conference team over her five seasons.
 
"I am extremely excited to join the John Carroll family as I have always been impressed with the commitment to academic and athletic success here," said Benoit.  "Accepting this job allows me the opportunity to come back to Cleveland where I began my coaching career right out of college.

"I look forward to competing in the OAC, arguably one of the best Division III conferences in the country, especially for volleyball.  I look forward to getting started with the returning team members and to get out to recruit new student-athletes to carry on the tradition of volleyball at this great institution."
 
Benoit is making a "homecoming" of sorts in her return to Northeast Ohio, as she graduated from Ashland University in 1987, was the head coach at Magnificat from 1987 until 1992, and then returned to school in 1994 at the University of Akron to obtain her MS in Education.  While there, she taught several classes, including team volleyball, and did research for the Physical Education Department.

In being named to the position, Benoit becomes the seventh head coach for the volleyball team since the founding of the program in 1970. She joins a list that includes Dr. Kathleen Manning (1970-79, 1981-89), Sharon Daniels (1980), Gretchen Weitbrecht (1990-2002), Regan Pore (2003-04), Cally Plummer (2005-11) and Laura Rodeffer (2012-15).