|Born:||October 12, 1985|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||290 lb (132 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
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. 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.
Head coaching record
|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|
- "Presbyterian, Carson-Newman Lead SAC All-Conference Football Team; Ellis, Robinson Named Players of Year". www.thesac.com. South Atlantic Conference. November 7, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
- Adam Zielonka (May 16, 2018). "Washington Valor fire head coach Dean Cokinos". www.m.washingtontimes.com. Washington Times. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
- "McDowell Named Valor Head Coach". OurSportsCentral.com. September 10, 2018.
- "Benji McDowell Coaching Record". ArenaFan.com. Retrieved July 28, 2018.