Christy Benner is in her 6th season as
head coach of the Wheeling Jesuit University volleyball program.
Benner has guided the
Cardinals to first-place finishes in the West Virginia Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference in each of her first four seasons at the helm. Her teams
won the WVIAC conference tournament and made NCAA Division II Volleyball
Tournament Regional appearances in both 2002 and 2003. Benner enters
the 2007 season with a 140-60 career record as head coach at Wheeling
In 2004, Bennerís
Cardinals posted a 21-17 overall record, with an 17-1 WVIAC regular
season mark Ė the teamís fourth consecutive regular
season conference title.
Bennerís 2003 squad
posted one of the most successful seasons in Wheeling Jesuit University
history in any sport. That team led all of NCAA Division II in
victories with a 38-3 record and finished the season ranked 22nd
nationally in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II
poll. The team went 19-0 in the WVIAC regular season, and swept through
the conference tournament en route to a number two seeding in the Great
Lakes Regional of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Benner began her
volleyball coaching career in 1992 as an assistant coach at Bishop
Donahue High School, in McMechen, West Virginia. After three years as
an assistant, Benner ascended to the position of head coach at Bishop
Donahue, a position she held from 1996-1998. She then took over the
head coaching reigns at John Marshall High School, in Moundsville, West
Virginia. Benner spent two seasons in that capacity before becoming the
head coach at Wheeling Jesuit in 2002.
She is a member of
the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), a voting member on
the AVCA NCAA Division II Top 25 poll, a member of the AVCA Head Coaches
committee, and serves on the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region ranking
Benner and her
husband, assistant coach Matt, reside in Moundsville, West Virginia with
their son Max.