Following three years of service to McPherson College, head tennis coach Jeff Benito has resigned as announced today by Director of Athletics Doug Quint.
“I would like to thank Doug Quint and McPherson College for the extraordinary opportunity they gave me to lead their tennis programs,” Benito said. “McPherson College will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish the institution, the alumni and the incredible players that I’ve worked with continued success.”
The 2014 season was one that not only will Benito remember, but will go down as one of the greatest in the history of Bulldog tennis as the team won the KCAC Conference Tournament to earn a bid to the NAIA National Championships. This was the first conference title since 1977 and the first trip to nationals in the history of the program. The team won conference Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year awards.
Benito also was named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year for both men’s and women’s tennis.
Under the control of Benito, the McPherson men’s tennis unit has finished runner-up the past three seasons in the KCAC. The program has produced four NAIA All-Americans while earning a dual record of 50-20.
The women’s unit, until this season, had been struggling to find its identity, going 18-29 in the Benito Era with 16 of those wins coming this year.
Benito came to McPherson after a four-year stint as the head coach at Cypress College, a two-year school located in California. He guided the men’s team to three consecutive conference championships, starting with the 2009 season, and a 66-22 overall record in dual matches.
Benito’s owns four Orange Empire Conference Coach of the Year awards and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coach of the Year following the 2011 season.
"I would like to thank Jeff on behalf of the college for everything he has done," Quint said. "The goal of every coach is to leave a program in better shape than the way they found it. Jeff certainly did that and we wish him nothing but the best. "
The search for a new coach will begin immediately.