ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville head volleyball coach Frederico Santos is pleased to announce the hiring of former Eckerd All-American Lydee Benoit as the program's new assistant coach upon approval of the school's Board of Trustees.
Benoit comes to Asheville after serving as an assistant coach at Valdosta State last season. She enjoyed a tremendous career at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
"We are delighted to bring Lydee into our program," declared Santos. "She will bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to our team this season. Lydee was a great player who I got a chance to watch first-hand when I was Barry University and played against her. She was a tremendous player who always made her team better."
Benoit did an outstanding job in her first coaching stop at Valdosta. She helped lead the Blazers to the best season in Head Coach Sia Poyer's tenure with a 21-11 record and 7-3 record in the All-Gulf South Conference. Four players earned All-Conference honors as VSU went 9-2 on the road and 4-1 in five-set matches.
While at Eckerd, Benoit starred for the Triton volleyball team, earning a number of awards in four seasons at EC. She was an All-American, a team captain and a three-time team most valuable player. From the outside hitter position, Benoit set the record for career kills at Eckerd.
As a player, she made an immediate impact in the Sunshine State Conference when she was named Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year. Benoit continued her success throughout her collegiate career, earning all-conference honors all four seasons.
During her playing days, Benoit not only made time for class (four-time athletic director's honor roll honoree), but also coaching. As a student, she served as a camp counselor for multiple volleyball camps as well as a student assistant on the Eckerd coaching staff. Benoit also worked as the head coach for the St. Pete Hurricanes, a 15-year-olds club team.
Benoit attended Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, Florida where she lettered in varsity volleyball for four seasons. She helped lead the school to the 2006 Class 4A State Championship. Benoit was named Player of the Year, first team All-State, All-Country and All-Conference following her senior campaign.
In addition, Benoit also served on the staff of Boston College's Summer Volleyball Camp during the summer of 2011. Learning new philosophies under BC Head Coach Chris Campbell and Assistant Coach Edgard Da Gama E Silva, Benoit worked with a reputable staff from a combination of Division I and Division II programs across the country. The camp welcomed players throughout the United States as well as across the globe, including Africa and Germany.