Janelle Benner enters her fifth season as the head coach of Ursinus College and sixth season overall all (2010 Associate Head Coach). During her first four years at the helm Coach Benner has compiled a 62-22 overall record and a 33-7 Centennial Conference record including a perfect 10-0 record in the conference during the 2014 season.
Coach Benner has also overseen three Centennial Conference Championships in 2011 and two back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2104, beating F&M all three times.
During the 2014 campaign Benner guided the Bears to a 17-4 overall record, a 10-0 Centennial Conference record, a Centennial Conference Championship, an appearance in the NCAA Tournament where Ursinus advanced all the way to NCAA Regional Final falling to Middlebury 5-1.
In Coach Benner’s first year in-charge she guided the Bears to a 19-4 overall record, 9-1 in conference. The Bears once again won the Centennial Conference Championship for the eighth straight time, defeating the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats by a score of 2-1. The Bears then went on to defeat Christopher Newport, Messiah, and Salisbury en route to another appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Prior to joining the Ursinus coaching staff Coach benner was the head coach of Manheim Central High School for three seasons. During her time there she guided Manheim to three Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff appearances and two Pennsylvania District III playoff appearances.
Benner is a 2006 Graduate of Old Dominion University where she was a team captain both her junior and senior year. Janelle helped lead her team to three CAA Conference Championships, four NCAA tournament appearances, and two Final Four appearances. She was also named to the 2005 NCAA All-Tournament Team, named Division-I First Team All-American, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the year, ODU Female Athlete of the Year, and VASID (VA Association of Sports Information Directors) Player of the Year.
However, Benner was not just a star on the field but off as well. Academically, Benner graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade average and was named ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic First-Team All American, CAA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, and four-time NFHCA Academic All-American. Finally, as a senior, Benner was a 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist.
Benner is also a coach for the Simply Field Hockey Club and was formerly a US Field Hockey Futures Elite Instructor for two years, and ODU Team Camp instructor for eight years.
Coach Benner also has a passion for music and in particular playing the violin. She had played since she was three years old, former orchestra director at Manheim Central, and while she was at Old Dominion was concertmaster of the Old Dominion Symphony Orchestra and 1st chair violinist of the Diehn String Quartet.