Benton coaching in 2014
|Born||February 16, 1975|
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Perry Traditional Academy
|NBA draft||1996 / Undrafted|
|1996–1997||Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)|
|1999–2001||La Roche (men's asst.)|
|2001–2004||Robert Morris (men's asst.)|
|2004–2012||La Roche (women's HC)|
|2012–2013||Saint Francis (women's asst.)|
|2013–present||Duquesne (women's asst.)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Edward "Eddie" Benton, Jr. (born February 16, 1975) is an American college women's basketball coach. He is best known for his collegiate playing career at the University of Vermont between 1992 and 1996. In his senior season he was named the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner, given annually to the best college senior player in the country who is 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) or shorter. Benton then had a short-lived professional career before becoming a college coach.
Benton, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, attended Perry Traditional Academy from 1988 to 1992. He was the team's sixth man during his sophomore and junior seasons before becoming the starting point guard as a senior in 1991–92. Benton helped the Perry Commodores to their school's first state title during his junior year. In his final year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" team after also being named an all-City League player.
Benton continued his basketball career at the University of Vermont; he went on to have the most decorated career in Vermont's program's history during his tenure. He scored a still-standing school record 2,474 points, including a record 54-point game against Drexel on January 29, 1994. His point total was the second-highest in America East Conference history, and for his career he averaged 23.8 points per game. In three of his four seasons, Benton finished in the top 12 nationally. Benton scored his 1,000th career point during his sophomore season and became only the third NCAA Division I men's basketball player ever to record 1,000 points before his 19th birthday (others include LSU's Shaquille O'Neal and Duke's Mike Gminski). He was named a First Team All-America East Conference performer in all four seasons, becoming just the third player in conference history to achieve that. In 1995–96 Benton won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the best senior player under 6-feet tall (he is 5'11"). At the time of Benton's graduation in 1996, he held 15 different offensive category school records, including career field goals, free throws, three-pointers and scoring average. He also recorded 458 assists, the third-highest total in Vermont history as of his graduation.
Benton went undrafted in the 1996 NBA draft. He spent the 1996–97 season playing in the Continental Basketball Association for the Grand Rapids Hoops. Over the following two seasons he played internationally in leagues in Israel, the Netherlands, and Venezuela.
After his short-lived professional career, Benton returned to the United States and got into coaching. His first job came in 1999 for the men's team at La Roche College, a Division III school in his native Pittsburgh. Staying local, he then spent three seasons with the men's program at Robert Morris University. In 2004, La Roche hired Benton as the head women's basketball coach, where he would stay for eight years and compile 108 overall wins. He led La Roche to two consecutive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) championships, back-to-back Division III Tournament appearances, and in 2012 was named the AMCC Coach of the Year. Benton spent the 2012–13 season as an assistant for the women's team at Saint Francis University before landing at Duquesne University in 2013–14. He now serves as an assistant coach for the women's team at Duquesne.
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