Eddie Benton
Eddie  Benton

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Perry Traditional Academy

Position:
Assistant Coach

Birthdate:
02/16/1975

Alma Mater:
Vermont '97



12/06/2015

Szamosi, Lass Lead @DuqWBB Past Buffalo 79-62

Duo combines for 40 points, Burt gets 50th career win

12/06/2015

Szamosi, Lass Lead @DuqWBB Past Buffalo 79-62

Duo combines for 40 points, Burt gets 50th career win

12/06/2015

Szamosi, Lass Lead @DuqWBB Past Buffalo 79-62

Duo combines for 40 points, Burt gets 50th career win

12/06/2015

Szamosi, Lass Lead @DuqWBB Past Buffalo 79-62

Duo combines for 40 points, Burt gets 50th career win

12/06/2015

Szamosi, Lass Lead @DuqWBB Past Buffalo 79-62

Duo combines for 40 points, Burt gets 50th career win

03/21/2016

#9 Duquesne vs. #1 UConn

#9 Duquesne falls to #1 UConn 97-51 in the second round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Storrs, CT (USATSI)

12/07/2014

Duquesne 87, Pittsburgh 77

Duquesne 87, Pittsburgh 77

12/29/2013

The City Game

The City Game







Eddie Benton joined the Duquesne women's basketball staff in June 2013.

Benton, a native of Manchester in Pittsburgh's North Side and a graduate of Perry Traditional Academy, comes to the Bluff after serving as an assistant women's basketball coach for one season at Saint Francis University. At SFU, he helped the Red Flash to their first-ever berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational.

During his time of the Bluff, Benton has been part three straight 20-win seasons, Duquesne's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a pair of and WNIT appearances.

In 2015-16, Benton helped coach Duquesne to a program record 28 victories and 13 Atlantic 10 Conference wins. The Dukes won their first-ever share of 1st place in the A-10 and also advanced to their first appearance in the finals at the A-10 Championship. For the first time in program history, the Dukes played in the NCAA Tournament, earning a #9 seed in the Bridgeport Region. Duquesne won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game when they defeated #8 seed Seton Hall 97-76 in the First Round.

Additionally, Benton help Duquesne set a program record with a 15-game winning streak and had a 19-game home winning streak dating back to December of 2014. For the eighth straight year, Duquesne won 20 games -- in just 22 contests into the season. Highlights of the season include Duquesne being crowned champions of the UNM Thanksgiving Tournament, defeating host New Mexico at The Pit in the championship game, the first sweep of conference rival Dayton since 2004 and the senior class of April Robinson, Deva'Nyar WorkmanClick here to hear it and Emilie GronasClick here to hear it being the winningest senior class in program history.

Prior to his stint in Loretto, Benton was head women's coach at La Roche College where he led the Lady Redhawks to back-to-back Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships and NCAA Division III Tournament berths. In his eight years at the helm, Benton's teams won 108 games. In 2012, Benton was named the AMCC Coach of the Year award.

Before coaching on the women's side, Benton served as a men's assistant coach at Robert Morris for three years under Mark Schmidt after spending two years as an assistant coach with the men's program at La Roche.

As a player, Benton was a standout guard at the University of Vermont. The Catamounts all-time leading scorer and 2006 UVM Hall of Fame inductee, Benton was the winner of the 1996 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award given to the nation's top basketball player less than six feet tall and the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the best senior in the region under 6-feet tall.

Benton's 2,474 points is second all-time in the America East Conference, second only to Reggie Lewis of Northeastern. He graduated as the school's career leader in 15 different offensive categories including scoring average - 23.8 points per game. Benton, who was 1996 team captain, has his number 10 retired by Vermont in 2000. He scored over 40 points in a game six times, including a school and conference record 54 points against Drexel his sophomore season. In that game, Benton made a school and conference record 21 foul shots. He also had a school record 42 consecutive free throws over the course of four games his freshman year. He finished with a school and conference record 739 free throws.

Benton was a First-Team All-America East selection all four seasons and was the league's 1993 Rookie of the Year. He was also selected as part of the America East 20th Anniversary All-Star Team. Benton was a three-time NABC District I First-Team All-Star (1994, 95, 96) and the 1993 NABC District I Rookie of the Year as well as a three-time ECAC All-Star (1993, 1994, 1996) and 1993 ECAC Rookie of the Year. Additionally, he was named USBWA All-District in 1993 and 1994.

After graduating with his degree in sociology, he played professionally in the CBA with the Grand Rapids Hoops. After the CBA, Benton continued his playing career overseas in Israel, Holland and Venezuela.

In high school, Benton was named to the 1992 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous Five team and was also All-City League performer. During his junior year, he led Commodores to the 1991 PIAA Championship. During his senior year, Benton was selected to the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic where he won the three point shootout.

Benton and his wife Beverly have two children - NyAsia and Eddie III (Tre).

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