Aaron Benning has been hired as LMU's newest volleyball assistant coach.
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LMU volleyball will play Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.
LMU will face Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
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Aaron Benning enters his third year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator within the LMU volleyball program with the start of the 2016 season. Benning had previously served as the Director of Sports for City Beach Volleyball Club since 2004, and spent a total of seven years, including three as head women's volleyball coach, at Ohlone College.
In his second year as an assistant coach, Benning helped guided LMU to just its second NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2015, marking the second trip in as many years with Benning on staff. The 2015 squad finished the year 24-9 overall and 13-5 in the WCC (T-3rd). The 24 victories were the most for the Lions since recording 26 in 2003, while the third-place finish was the best for the Lions since finishing third in 2003. In arguably the biggest win in LMU history, LMU, which was one of four WCC teams to make the tournament, swept #6 Stanford on the road to advance to the Sweet 16 - the highest-ranked opponent to ever fall to the Lions. The Lions won 15 of their last 18 matches, including five of their final six to make the historic run. Following the tremendous year, three LMU players were honored by the AVCA, including Sarah Sponcil being named an AVCA honorable mention All-American. While Sponcil was also named AVCA All-Region, seniors Hannah Tedrow and Rachelle Suaava earned honorable mention All-Region nods. The trio also garnered All-WCC honors, with Sponcil and Tedrow taking home first team selections.
Benning also helped guide LMU to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. That year's team finished the year 23-8 overall and 11-7 in the WCC (fifth). The squad began the year at 12-0, the best record to start a year in program history (previous: 10-0 | 2003), and reached 20 wins for the first time since 2003 (26-7). Taking advantage of home-court, LMU started the year 7-0 at home, the best mark since the 2003 squad went 12-0 at home to start the season. The Lions finished 11-3 in Gersten in 2014, marking the best home record since recording the same record in 2004. Seniors Caitlin DeWitt and Litara Keil were joined by junior Hannah Tedrow on the 2014 first team All-WCC squad, while freshmen Sarah Sponcil and Kristen Castellanos earned All-Freshmen honors. Keil and Tedrow would later be named Pacific South All-Region and honorable mention All-Americans, while Sponcil took home LMU's first ever Region Freshman of the Year selection.
Prior to coming to LMU, Benning helped City Beach win nine Junior National Medals and over 180 Regional and National Tournaments. Consistently one of the top-25 volleyball clubs in the nation, Benning has guided over 155 of his City Beach players into collegiate volleyball programs since 2006. While coaching, Benning was also responsible for a variety of management and executive functions, including coordinating team scheduling and travel for 30 club teams, maintaining financial tracking and budgets, leading the performance of over 45 staff members and 300 club participants, and coordinating 15 financially successful volleyball product lines.
At the high school level, Aaron has coached numerous successful Bay Area programs, including St. Francis, Menlo and Sacred Heart. Working as a high school and juniors coach, he maintained a .760 winning percentage over nine seasons.
A leader in the coaching community, Benning has served as a Lead Camp Coach and a member of the Coaching Clinic Staff for Gold Medal Squared since May of 2007. Under those titles, he teaches Gold Medal Squared techniques and game strategies to both players and coaches of varying levels of play. He is Gold Medal Squared certified for Level I and II, and is USAV Impact certified.
Benning, a graduate of Yerba Buena High School in San Jose, Calif., earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreational Management from Cal State East Bay in 2014.