Benji McDowell

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Benji McDowell
Personal information
Born: (1985-10-12) October 12, 1985 (age 34)
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Force Fumbles:2
Fumble Recoveries:3
Head coaching record
Regular season:9–11
Player stats at

Benjamin McDowell is an American football coach and former player who was most recently the head coach of the Washington Valor of the Arena Football League (AFL).

College career[edit]

McDowell attended Lenoir–Rhyne, where he was a First Team All-South Atlantic Conference player in 2005-06.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

When the Washington Valor fired Dean Cokinos on May 16, 2018, after a 0–7 start to the 2018 season, McDowell was named the interim head coach.[2] Under McDowell, the Valor finished the season with a 2–3 record and the last place position for the playoffs of four AFL teams that qualified. The Valor then upset the top-seeded Albany Empire in a home-and-home series with the greater aggregate score. The Valor then defeated the Baltimore Brigade 69–55 in ArenaBowl XXXI. After the season ended, McDowell's interim tag was removed and was named the permanent head coach for the 2019 season.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
WAS 2018 2 6 .250 4th in AFL 2 1 .667 Won ArenaBowl XXXI
WAS 2019 7 5 .583 2nd in AFL 0 2 .000 Lost to Philadelphia Soul in Semifinals
WAS total 9 11 .450 2 3 .400
Total[4] 9 11 .450 2 3 .400


  1. ^ "Presbyterian, Carson-Newman Lead SAC All-Conference Football Team; Ellis, Robinson Named Players of Year". South Atlantic Conference. November 7, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Adam Zielonka (May 16, 2018). "Washington Valor fire head coach Dean Cokinos". Washington Times. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "McDowell Named Valor Head Coach". September 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Benji McDowell Coaching Record". Retrieved July 28, 2018.

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