By Kathleen Harte Simone Philafieldhockey Founder & Editor
Ursinus Head Coach, Janelle Benner is the PhilaFH Winning Coach of the Week. Benner hit her 100th career win last week in the Bears victory over Elizabethtown (2-0). Benner, in her seventh season, joins Eleanor Frost Snell (1933-72), Adele Boyd (1973-88), and Laura Moliken (1999-2010) as Bear bosses to reach the century mark. Assistant coach Ashley Johnston has been with Benner for each of those 100 wins.
Benner now stands with a record of 101-34 in her 7th season. During that time, she’s steered her team to five Centennial Conference championship. In 2014, Benner was named the CC Coach of the Year and in 2015, the NFHCA South Region Coach of the Year. Benner’s teams have earned two NCAA Final Four appearances and four Elite 8 appearances. She has coached five All-Americans during her time at Ursinus including: 2011 – Alyssa Thren (1st), Nicole Hanby (2nd); 2013 – Megan Keenan (1st); 2014 – Megan Keenan (1st), Aliki Torrence (3rd); 2015 – Megan Keenan (1st), Aliki Torrence (1st), Amber Steigerwalt (2nd); and 2016 – Aliki Torrence (1st), Amber Steigerwalt (2nd).
Last week, Ursinus posted a record of 2-1, upping their overall record to 3-3. The team is currently ranked #15 (NFHCA) among all DIII programs nationwide.
Benner is a 2006 Graduate of Old Dominion University and two-time captain. During her career Benner helped lead the Monarchs to three CAA championships, four NCAA Tournament berths, and a pair of Final Fours. As a senior in 2005, she was named CAA Player of the Year, VASID (Virginia Association of Sports Information Directors) Player of the Year, and the ODU Female Athlete of the Year in addition to recognition as a first team All-American and member of the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Benner was also a star off the field. She graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average and was named an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic First-Team All American, CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and a four-time NFHCA Academic All-American. As a senior, Benner was a 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist. Benner also has a passion for music, in particular the violin. She was an orchestra director at Manheim Central, concert master of the Old Dominion Symphony Orchestra and 1st chair violinist of the Diehn String Quartet.
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