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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.
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).