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Yale Names Jarietta Benton Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach Jarietta Benton / Photo courtesy of IUPUI Athletic Communications
Assistant Coach Jarietta Benton / Photo courtesy of IUPUI Athletic Communications

Former IUPUI Assistant Joins Bulldogs' Coaching Staff for 2011-12 Season


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team announced Wednesday the hiring of Jarietta Benton as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

Benton joins the Yale University women's basketball coaching staff after one year as an assistant coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a four-year stint with the Saint Louis University women's basketball program.

"Jarietta will be a fabulous addition to our coaching staff at Yale," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "Jarietta will complement our coaching staff very well and I'm excited to have two such talented coaches as Allison Guth and Jarietta Benton. She has played for and worked with some of the best in coaching. She was an outstanding player herself, and she has the drive and work ethic that are so important to a championship basketball program. I am excited for our players to know Coach Benton, and I believe she will contribute significantly to their excellence as well."

Benton joins a Bulldog staff that is coming off of its first-ever appearance in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). She will assist in all facets of game preparation, recruiting and player development.

"It is a privilege to work at such a fine institution and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to coach in the Ivy League," Benton said. "Given Coach Gobrecht's success at such high levels, I am looking forward to learning as much as I can from her while we set our sights on an Ivy League Championship. I have the utmost respect for the caliber of athletes on this team and I look forward to working with them." 

In her one season as an assistant under head coach Austin Parkinson, Benton was charged with assisting with post player development, scouting and video breakdown of opposing teams, and coordinating team travel arrangements. During her tenure at IUPUI, Benton was instrumental in the team's recruiting efforts, with a focus in Southern Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. 

Prior to joining the IUPUI staff, Benton spent three seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations on the Saint Louis University women's basketball staff. She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach with the Billikens. In addition to assisting Saint Louis Head Coach Shimmy Gray-Miller with daily operations, Benton oversaw the Billikens' community service projects, coordinated video operations and film exchange, assisted with travel arrangements, supervised student managers and served as summer camp director.

Benton was a member of the DePaul University basketball team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament four straight years. As a senior and team captain in 2006, she helped the Blue Demons post a 27-7 record and reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to top-seeded Louisiana State University. Benton was presented the Maggie Dixon Captain's Award. Benton scored 261 points and distributed 72 assists during her DePaul career.

A native of Houston, Texas, Benton finished her prep career at Nimitz High School with 1,447 points, 887 rebounds, 327 steals and 205 blocks. As a senior, she led the Houston area with 19 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44.0 percent from 3-point range. Benton was an honorable mention All-State selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association and twice was tabbed second-team All-State by Texas Basketball magazine.

Benton graduated from DePaul in 2006 with a degree in fitness management. She earned her Master's of Arts in Higher Education from Saint Louis in 2010.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity