Laura Benzing joined the Ohio State coaching staff in March 2013 as an assistant coach and is set to begin her second season donning the Scarlet and Gray in 2014. She spent the previous five years as an assistant coach for Oregon State.
The Buckeyes swept through a 12-0 nonconference slate during Benzing's first campaign in Columbus and finished with 18 victories overall. She made an immediate impact on the court, mentoring freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe to a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Sandbothe's 1.02 blocks per set career average ranks fifth overall in school history entering the 2014 season. Benzing was a middle blocker as well, earning a pair of First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades during her days as a Bradley University Brave (1998-2001).
At Oregon State, one of Benzing's primary responsibilities was to coordinate the program's recruiting. In this role, she helped produce a nationally-recognized 2009 recruiting class and brought in the program's first Fab 50 recruit. Benzing also served as the liaison between the student-athletes and academics and has helped the team earn three-straight AVCA Team Academic Award honors.
Her recruiting prowess continues as a Buckeye, evidenced by Ohio State hauling in a Top-25 class in 2014 according to Volleyball Magazine's national rankings.
On the court, Benzing focuses on both team and individual blocking. Both the 2010 and 2011 Beaver teams finished second in the Pac-10 in blocks per set. She also worked on defense and trained middle hitters.
Prior to Oregon State, Benzing played professionally in the German Bundesliga for four years before retiring and accepting a position with the Beavers in 2006.
Benzing graduated magna cum laude from Bradley in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Science in pre-law.
A native of Sparta, Wis., Benzing also completed a six-month stint with Club West Volleyball in Temecula, Calif., directing coaches and coaching U14 and U16 groups. She is fluent in German and also earned a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from the University of Cambridge while overseas. She obtained her USA Weightlifting Level I Sports Performance Certification in January 2011 as well.
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