After Year One, Benson Looking Forward To Second Year on Job
Dec. 6, 2005
GREELEY, Colo. - After taking on the duties of head volleyball coach at the University of Northern Colorado three days before the beginning of the 2005 season, Lyndsey Benson is looking forward to time to prepare of the 2006 season.
"It will be nice to have the spring to prepare for this year," Benson said. "At times last year it felt like baptism by fire, but overall I grew as a coach and I thought our team got better through every match during the season.
"Next year will be a big stepping stone for our program to see where we are in the Big Sky. I think we will be very competitive right away with the new recruits we have and the student-athletes we have returning. It is also nice that we will have a renovated venue to play in, be a member of a conference and have an opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament."
Benson took over the program on Aug. 9 following the resignation of the head coach. In her first year, she led the team to a 14-16 overall record and fourth place finish at the Division I Independent Volleyball Championships. The team faced a tough schedule that featured three teams that were ranked nationally at one point of the season (Wisconsin, Missouri and Colorado). Four Northern Colorado players were selected to the Division I All-Independent team.
"We appreciate the way Coach Benson and her staff moved right into leading the volleyball program in a manner consistent with our athletics mission," said Director of Athletics Jay S. Hinrichs.
Northern Colorado will become an official member of the Big Sky Conference next season. The volleyball program has concluded its reclassification process to Division I and will be eligible for Big Sky and NCAA postseason in 2006.