Assistant Athletic Administrator / Girl's Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
Appointed 2017. A native of Annapolis, MD, Benner played lacrosse collegiately at the University of Virginia (2006-2010) where she was a 2x ACC Champion, NCAA Final Runner Up, IWLCA All-South Regional Team selectee and VaSID All-State Team selectee. Having redshirted her second year at UVA, Benner chose to pursue her fifth year of eligibility at the University of Denver (DU) from 2010-2011, while obtaining an M.S. in Strategic Communications.
Benner served on the DU coaching staff from 2011-2015 specializing in defensive and goalie coaching. In September of 2015, Benner expanded her coaching resume, joining the University of Louisville’s women’s lacrosse staff. She served as their Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator until August of 2016. Missing friends, family and the Colorado lifestyle, she made the decision to move back to Denver. Soon after she joined our Athletic Department here at Valor.
In addition to all of her coaching and playing experience, Benner was hand selected to be a Team STX athlete in 2013 and competed nationally and internationally until fall of 2016. She also has 4 years club director experience and 14 years lacrosse officiating experience, still officiating youth, high school and college games to date. Benner currently serves as the Executive Director for the Colorado Girls Lacrosse Association, the governing league for youth girls lacrosse programs across the state of Colorado.
Her first year at Valor, Coach Benner was named 2019 Continental League Coach of the Year, 2019 CHSAA State Coach of the Year, and received the 2018-2019 Valor Excellence in Coaching Award.
Coach Benner attends Restoration Community Church and, when not supporting Valor athletics, loves exploring the mountains with her dog, Sully.