Mount St. Joseph to Start Men’s Program, Hires Bennett as Coach
The College of Mount St. Joseph announces the hiring of Jon Bennett as head coach of men's volleyball. Bennett, who was the Lions' women's assistant volleyball coach (2001-2004), will lead the program into its first year of action during the 2009-2010 academic year. He will also be the head coach of the women's volleyball team this fall.
Bennett returns to the Mount from Miami University Middletown where he served as head coach of the women's team last season. He led the Thunder Hawks to the Ohio Regional Campus Championship and an 11-6 record, as they won their last seven matches of the season.
Bennett has over 20 years of coaching experience in both men's and women's volleyball programs at many levels. He was the assistant women's coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (2005-2007), and is currently the head coach of the 15 Regional Team of the Borderline Volleyball Club in Oxford. Bennett was the Miami University-Middletown women's head volleyball coach (1998-2000) and a head coach for Cincy Classics and Lineshot Junior Olympic Volleyball (1992-2002).
The Lions first-year head coach was recently employed as a substitute teacher by the Hamilton City School District. He graduated in 2001 from Miami University with a bachelor's degree in health education and a minor in coaching. The Forest Park High School alum, who is a USA Volleyball IMPACT Instructor, is CAP Level I and II accredited and has achieved ASEP Level 1 and ASEP Master Level accreditations. Bennett is also a member of the American Volleyball Coaches' Association.
He resides in Forest Park, Ohio, with his wife, Kymn, and daughter, Alexis. Bennett also has another daughter, Andrea.
The College of Mount St. Joseph will add men's volleyball as a NCAA Division III collegiate athletic program for the 2009-10 academic year. The men's program will complement the highly successful women's volleyball team which has consistently been ranked in the top 25 of the nation in women's volleyball, and has won both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and HCAC Tournament titles 10 of the 11 seasons they've been a member of the conference.
Men's volleyball will begin competition in January 2010 with the season culminating in an All-Divisions collegiate championship in April 2010. There are currently 50 Division III schools across the country that field men's volleyball teams. A Division III men's championship is being planned for 2011.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to add men's volleyball as a varsity intercollegiate sport at the Mount,' Mount Athletic Director Steve Radcliffe says. "There is a high degree of local interest in this sport and we hope to attract a very competitive team from the local and regional high schools. We firmly believe that the Mount can become a regional and national power in both women's and men's volleyball at the NCAA Division III level."
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.
Article courtesy of Mount St. Joseph athletics.