Bob Benson begins his sixth season as the Orediggers' Associate
Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach in
The 2012 Orediggers posted a 6-5 record, including a 4-5 mark in the RMAC to finish fifth in the league's standings. Mines' defense, under Benson's guidance, finished third in the conference in scoring defense (23.5), tied for the league lead in interceptions returned for touchdowns (three), tied for second in sacks (28), third in third-down conversion percentage (34.1) and fourth in fumble reoveries (14). The Oredigger rushing defense finished 38th nationally by limiting opponents to 126.64 yards per game. Junior linebacker Chad McGraw led the nation in fumbles forced (eight) during the season, while fellow junior linebacker Tyler Denson finished 45th in the nation in terms of tackles per game (9.7). Junior defensive lineman Jake Utley was named Second Team All-RMAC while McGraw earned a spot on the third team. Both players, as well as Denson, were named to the NFFCC All-Colorado squads with Denson capturing First Team honors.
The Orediggers posted an 8-3 record in 2011 and a 6-3 mark in
the RMAC to finish third in the league standings. Mines spent much
of the season in the national rankings and placed eight players on
the All-RMAC teams. Benson’s defense finished fourth in the
RMAC in scoring defense (21.8 ppg), fourth in interceptions (18)
and third in turnover margin after posting 24 takeaways during the
2011 campaign. Mines red-zone defense finished third in the league
after allowing opponents to score on only 69.7 percent of scoring
Benson's 2010 defense led the RMAC in sacks (36) and finished second in the conference in both red-zone defense (held opponents scoreless in 31.1% of red-zone opportunities) and interceptions (15). Mines also registered top-20 national rankings in four statistical categories, including fumble recoveries (tied - second; 20), turnovers gained (seventh; 35), sacks per game (tied - 16th; 3.00) and tackles-for-a-loss per game (18th; 7.92) in 2010. Eight CSM defenders earned All-RMAC honors, including defensive backs Kevin Gallas and Ryan Wood. Wood finished first (tied) in the RMAC and ninth (tied) in the nation with six interceptions. Defensive linemen Blaine Sumner and Marc Schiechl both earned All-Region recognition. Schiechl, who earned All-American honors from multiple organizations, finished as the runner-up for the Gene Upshaw NCAA Division II Lineman of the Year Award and was selected as the Defensive Player of the Game at the 2011 Cactus Bowl. Furthermore, Schiechl was named NFFCC Defensive Player of the Year and RMAC Defensive Player of the Year while becoming the all-time NCAA Division II career leader in quarterback sacks (46.0) in 2010.
Seven players on the CSM defense earned All-RMAC honors in 2009, including Marc Schiechl, who garnered First Team All-RMAC, RMAC Defensive Player of the Year and AFCA All-American recognition. Six CSM defenders were honored on the NFF All-Colorado Teams, including Schiechl, who was named NFFCC Defensive Player of the Year. Safety Kyle Goracke earned First Team All-RMAC, Second Team Super Region #3 and First Team NFF All-Colorado laurels while cornerback Ben Tiller was a Second Team All-RMAC and Second Team NFF All-Colorado pick.
In 2008, Benson guided a CSM defense that finished second in the RMAC in scoring defense (18.4 ppg), third in rushing defense (99.0 ypg) and fourth in total defense (322.6 ypg). Four members of the Mines defense earned recognition on the All-RMAC teams, two Orediggers were named to the Daktronics Super Region #3 Second Team Defense and three of Benson's players garnered All-Super Region #3 accolades from Don Hansen's Football Gazette. Two of Benson's defensive backs, Tiller (Second Team) and Drew Ferren (First Team), earned recognition on the 2008 All-RMAC teams. Ferren, who was nominated for the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl (annual NCAA Division II post-season all-star game), was also a First Team NFF All-Colorado selection.
During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Benson was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. During his first year with the Tigers, Benson's defense reduced its margin of points per game allowed by 13 from the previous season. In 2007, Towson's defense finished the regular season ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in scoring defense, third in pass defense and fifth in overall defense.
Prior to his arrival at Towson University, Benson spent 13 years (1993-05) as the head football coach at Georgetown University. Benson compiled a 72-64-0 overall record during his time at Georgetown and led the Hoyas to six consecutive winning seasons from 1994-99. During that six-year stretch, the Hoyas went 44-17 overall and won or shared three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles. Benson's 2005 defense finished fourth in the country in passing defense and 23rd in total defense.
Following the 1997 and 1998 seasons, Benson was selected as the MAAC Coach of the Year. Georgetown's 8-3 finish in 1997 marked the first time since 1940 that the Hoyas had posted an eight-win season. Benson's 1997 squad also earned a berth in the ECAC-IFC Bowl game, marking Georgetown's first post-season appearance since the 1950 Sun Bowl. Benson subsequently received Georgetown's Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award. Benson's 1998 and 1999 teams posted back-to-back 9-2 seasons, tying the school record for single-season victories. In their final four seasons in the MAAC, the Hoyas went 29-3 in league play.
In 1995 and 1996, Georgetown led NCAA Division I-AA in total defense. After leading the nation in passing efficiency defense in 1993, Georgetown's 1995 squad led the country in rushing defense (53.2 ypg). Benson departed the Georgetown football team with the second-highest number of coaching victories (72) in program history.
From 1990-92, Benson was the defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins University. Benson also served as the head coach of the JHU's track & field team during his stint with the Blue Jays.
Before his arrival at Johns Hopkins, Benson was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1988-89. Benson also coached the lacrosse team during his time at WPI.
Benson began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Albany in 1986, spending one year as a defensive backfield coach and one season coaching the defensive line.
Benson's collegiate career began at Marietta College, where he competed as a wide receiver on the football team before an injury ended his playing days. Benson proceeded to transfer to the University of Vermont, where he earned his bachelor's degree in History in 1986. Benson went on to earn his M.E. in History / Education from the University of Albany.
Benson and his wife, Julianne, currently make their home in Denver. Benson has one daughter, Kaylyn.