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The Providence Friars men’s lacrosse program has its new head boss.
After two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Maryland Terrapins, Bobby Benson is expected to be named the next head coach at Providence, per a report from Chris Jastrzembski on Thursday afternoon.
Benson, who spent 14 seasons in the same role at Johns Hopkins prior to arriving at College Park in January of 2021, had his name floating around the Friars’ job almost immediately after the position came open and was reportedly the front-runner from the beginning of the search.
This past season, Benson helped lead the Terrapins to an 18-0 season that culminated with a national championship. Under Benson’s guidance, the Maryland offense ranked first in offensive efficiency (41.2%) and first in shooting percentage (39.1%), according to Lacrosse Reference.
During Benson’s two seasons in College Park, the Terrapins went 33-1, won two Big Ten titles, and made back-to-back national championship game appearances; winning the program’s fourth overall NCAA title this past spring.
Upon taking over in Providence, Benson will become a head coach for the first time in his career and do so at his wife’s alma mater.
Providence is coming off a 2020 campaign in which they went 6-8 (1-4 Big East) and missed the postseason.