Ben Coughlin Named Benedictine College Men’s Lacrosse Coach

Ben Coughlin Named Benedictine Men’s Lacrosse Coach

By Josh Pound

Monday, February 02, 2015

ATCHISON, Kan. – The Benedictine College Athletic Department and Athletic Director Charlie Gartenmayer have announced the hiring of Ben Coughlin to lead the new Raven Men’s Lacrosse program.

“We are happy to have Ben join our staff here at Benedictine,” Gartenmayer said. “He has a passion for lacrosse and we are excited to have him lead our men’s varsity program.”

Coughlin comes to Benedictine after serving the past year and a half as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach for NCAA Div. III Aurora University in Aurora, Ill. While at Aurora, he helped the Spartans to an undefeated regular season in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. The Spartans not only earned the regular-season title, they were also crowned MLC Tournament Champions and qualified for the round of 16 of the NCAA Div. III National Tournament.

“I’m excited to come back to my home state and bring back some of what I’ve been able to learn about lacrosse over the past five years,” Coughlin said. “The Benedictine community has been great to me. I really don’t feel like I’m the new guy.

“I’m excited to be given the chance to build my own program at Benedictine. The support the school has shown towards its Athletic Department through new facilities on campus lets me know that I’ll have the tools and support to build a program the way I want to.”

Before joining the staff at Aurora, Coughlin served a year as the head coach at the University of Illinois where he guided the program to a 5-2 mark in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference.

A native of Olathe and a graduate of Kansas State University, Coughlin began coaching club lacrosse in the Kansas City Metro area in 2011 and gradually began working his way up to his most recent stop at Aurora. Prior to attending K-State, where he played four years of club lacrosse, Coughlin was in the Navy where he earned an Honorable Discharge in July 2006. His time in the Navy helped teach him many of the same philosophies it takes to build a successful team.

“Structure, organization and discipline are all factors for success with any team,” Coughlin said. “To be a good team you have to be able to bring a group of guys together to work as a unit and share the same mission.”

Coughlin will be begin his duties immediately as he prepares for the Ravens first varsity season in the Spring of 2016.

““We are excited to be able to add men’s and women’s lacrosse to our varsity lineup,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis. “I think our students have enjoyed the sport at the club level and the growth of lacrosse in our region makes it a natural addition to the varsity offerings as we continue to add academic programs and grow as a well-rounded institution.”

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.