Former Eckerd All-American Lydee Benoit Plexico is in her fourth year as an assistant coach with the UNC Asheville volleyball program.
Benoit came to Asheville after serving as an assistant coach at Valdosta State in 2011. She enjoyed a tremendous career at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla, and was named to the school’s Hall of Fame May 2014.
"We are delighted to have Lydee in our program," declared Bulldog head coach Frederico Santos. "Lydee was a great player who I got a chance at watch first-hand at Eckerd College when I was at Barry University and coached against her. She was a tremendous player who always made her team better."
“Lydee works well with our players,” added Santos. “She is extremely organized and is an outstanding coach.”
As a student-athlete at Eckerd, Benoit starred for the Triton volleyball team, earning a number of awards in four seasons. 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.
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.
Benoit attended Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, Fla. where she lettered in varsity volleyball for four seasons. She helped lead the school to the 2006 Class 4A State Championship and was named Player of the Year, first team All-State, All-Country and All-Conference following her senior campaign.
Lydee married her husband, Jeremy, a former UNC Asheville assistant baseball coach, in the summer of 2015. The couple resides in Asheville.