Bobby Benson

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"Bobby Benson joined John Hopkins coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2006"

Four years after graduating from Johns Hopkins as the sixth all-time leading goal-scorer in school history, Bobby Benson returned to direct the Blue Jay offense prior to the 2007 season and promptly helped guide JHU to its second national championship in three years. He mentored First Team All-American midfielder and Tewaaraton finalist Paul Rabil and three other All-Americans in midfielder Stephen Peyser (3rd Team) and attackmen Jake Byrne (HM) and Steven Boyle (HM). After spending half of the 2007 season adjusting to Benson's offensive philosophy, the Blue Jays improved their production by nearly 1.5 goals per game during a season-ending nine-game winning streak that culminated in the national championship. The Blue Jays averaged less than 10 goals per game during a 4-4 start, but bumped that production up to 11 goals per game during the winning streak. Hopkins tied for ninth in the nation in extra-man offense and 15th in scoring offense. The Blue Jays rode a steady, efficient offense to the 2008 national championship game as they finished 12th in the nation in scoring offense and eighth in extra-man offense. Three offensive players (Rabil-1st, Peyser-2nd, Kevin Huntley-3rd) earned All-America honors and Hopkins scored 10 or more goals 13 times in 17 games, including eight times in the final nine games of the season. Despite a youth-filled offense, the 2009 squad ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense (11.53) and extra-man offense (.435) and fourth in assists (7.2). It was also the first time since 2005 that Hopkins averaged better than 11 goals per game. Another young group spearheaded JHU's offense in 2011. The Blue Jays finished 11th in the nation in scoring offense (11.25) with a unit that consisted of just one senior on the starting attack and first midfield. Benson has coached a total of 19 All-Americans since returning to Hopkins in 2007. Included are Rob Guida (2nd Team in 2012) and Wells Stanwick (HM in 2013), who return this season. Benson, a 2003 Johns Hopkins graduate, returned to Homewood after coaching stints at nearby UMBC and Loyola. He served as the offensive coordinator at UMBC in 2004 and 2005 and helped the Retrievers rank among the national leaders in extra-man offense. He moved to Loyola in 2006 and the Greyhounds promptly led the nation in extra-man offense with 24 goals on 43 attempts (.558).

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