Bobby Benson spent seventeen years coaching college lacrosse. In 2007, he returned to his alma mater Johns Hopkins University, where he would spend fourteen of those years as offensive coordinator. Hopkins improved in goals per game in each of his first three seasons. Benson helped coach the Blue Jays to the 2007 NCAA National Championship, the 2008 NCAA National Runner-up, and 2015 NCAA National Semifinalist. In addition, Hopkins won the 2015 and 2018 Big Ten Championships and they made the NCAA tournament in thirteen of his fourteen years at Homewood.
In 2014, Benson introduced his innovative Motion offense, giving his players ultimate freedom while challenging their intellect as well as their skill. The results were an offense that consistently ranked amongst the nations best in efficiency. Those six years proved to be some of the best in the long history of Hopkins lacrosse. In addition to his 6v6 offensive success, his 2017 extra man offense was again the best in the country at 60.5%.
Prior to Hopkins, Benson spent the 2006 season as offensive coordinator at Loyola University Maryland. In his one year, Loyola’s offense scored 1.5 goals per game more than the previous year. He also led Loyola’s extra man offense to the top percentage in the country that year, 55.8%. Benson spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In both of those years, the UMBC offense increased its goals per game total from the year before.
Benson has tutored some of the most talented individuals to ever play the game. He has coached over 40 NCAA Division 1 offensive All-Americans. He has worked with countless players that went on to play professionally in Major League Lacrosse, the National League Lacrosse, and the Professional Lacrosse League. He has also helped develop players that represented several countries in the International Lacrosse Federation World Championships including the United States of America, Canada, Australia, and Iroquois National Lacrosse Teams.
As a player, Benson led the Blue Jays in goals all four years he was at Hopkins. He was a three time All-American, he is a member of the All-Time Johns Hopkins Lacrosse Team, and he served as team captain his junior and senior years with the Blue Jays. He was an attackman on the gold medal winning 2002 United States National Team and spent three years in Major League Lacrosse after graduating. Benson attended McDonogh School in Baltimore, MD before college where he was the 1999 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year and a member of the 1999 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Champions.
Benson has been a regular speaker and presenter at camps and clinics throughout the world. He was taught lacrosse to youth all over the United States, in Canada, and in Japan. He has presented several times at the Interscholastic Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association convention on various offensive topics. In addition, Coach Benson served on the IMLCA Convention Committee helping to organize the event in 2018 and 2019.
Benson earned a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2003 and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University in 2013. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Taylor, and two boys, Tucker and Griffin.