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Rich BensonAssistant Coach
College: University of Kentucky '90
Start Date: 8/12/13
Head men's tennis coach Chris Johnson announced the addition of Rich Benson to his staff as an assistant coach on August 12, 2013. Benson comes to Liberty after spending the past two years on staff with Athletes in Action (AIA), working with their tennis ministry.
Prior to his AIA experience, Benson was a volunteer assistant for the 25th-ranked Louisville men's tennis squad.
In his first season with the Flames, helped guide Liberty to a 12-10 overall record and a program-record five Big South wins. A doubles specialist during his playing career, Benson saw a pair of Liberty's doubles tandems earn Big South All-Conference honors. Additionally, Shea Thomas and Jorge Azuero captured the program's first ever ITA Atlantic Region title in doubles play and climbed to as high as No. 19 nationally during the 2014 spring season.
During his collegiate playing career, Benson was a three-time All-American tennis player at Kentucky. Benson played No. 1 singles and doubles during his sophomore year and was also an NCAA doubles semi-finalist with then partner Greg Vanemburgh. Also during his sophomore year, he was an NCAA singles clay court semi-finalist. During his junior year, Benson was the SEC champion in No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles. Benson was a member of the U.S. World University Games Tennis Team that competed in Zagreb, Croatia in 1988.
On the ATP Pro Circuit Benson reached a world ranking of 525 in singles and 132 in doubles. Benson won the ATP Wolfsburg Challenger doubles event in 1994 with then partner Adam Malik. Benson traveled extensively throughout the world during his pro career playing in at least 8 ATP Grand Prix doubles events. Benson is a member of the Kentucky State Tennis Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the University of Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame.
Rich and his wife Paula have three children, Allison, Timothy and Daniel.