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Howard Benedict Biography

Posted Wednesday, December 03, 2008 by NCLAX

Benedict, a veteran lacrosse coach, played varsity lacrosse at Lafayette College, where he was a standout player.

Benedict was hired in 1973 to be the first varsity lacrosse coach at New Canaan High School in New Canaan Ct. The New Canaan YMCA had a club team in the spring of 1972 and the high school fielded a JV team in the spring of 1973, coached by Mr. J.D Maier, who was an English teacher in the high school. In April of 1974 Benedict got the budding varsity program off to a positive start with a 7-3 victory over Hopkins Grammar School.

Benedict has been the New Canaan High School Lacrosse Coach for 34 years. He founded the New Canaan Lacrosse Association and has won a total of 18 FCIAC and State Championships. Benedict has led the team to 18 appearances in the CIAC final and to 23 FCIAC finals. Since 1977, only on five different occasions has Benedict not brought his team to the CIAC or FCIAC Finals. Benedict has also has won more lacrosse games than any other Connecticut lacrosse coach. In 2008, in the May Issue of Inside Lacrosse Magazine, former Brown University Coach and current Bates Head Lacrosse Coach, Peter Lasagna wrote:

"Similarly, nearly all Fairfield County, Conn. converts from baseball started with three men. Guy Whitten (Wilton) and Howard Benedict (New Canaan) created cultures of excellence to be envied. Jeff Brameier convinced Darien's population to support programs that would compete with their neighbors. A desire to experience the success Guy Whitten, Howard Benedict and Jeff Brameier (as well as Bob Russell in Madison) achieved spawned the rec leagues and varsities that still spread throughout the Nutmeg State."

Benedict is the only coach out of the "Big Three" (Benedict, Whitten, Brameier) who ever played the game.

In 1996, after the Rams won the state championship, Benedict was named the CHSCA Outstanding Coach of the Year.

In 2001, Benedict was honored at the "The Reunion Celebration," hosted by the MLL which was a tribute to the impressive lacrosse talent produced by the state of Connecticut, and those who have contributed to the game’s growth in the state. At halftime of the first-ever MLL Lacrosse Star game, Major League Lacrosse honored the most influential and prestigious coaches and players whose contributions have made Connecticut into one of the most prolific lacrosse talent pools in the country. Benedict was named one of the Connecticut Lacrosse Star Reunion Honorees.

"The sport of lacrosse has a very rich history, especially here in the great state of Connecticut," said MLL founder, Jake Steinfeld, CEO of Body by Jake enterprises. "Recognizing individuals like Guy Whitten, Howard Benedict and Jeff Brameier who have had a positive impact on the development of lacrosse enhances that rich tradition, not only for today, but for the future of the sport in Connecticut."

Benedict is said to be one of the "founding fathers of Connecticut Lacrosse." Benedict held the first ever lacrosse camp in Connecticut. Benedict, ironically, used to invite players from Darien to come play in the youth program in New Canaan when Darien had not yet established a youth developmental program. Darien has since become New Canaan's biggest rival.

Benedict's most recent FCIAC and State championships came in 2003, when the team was 22-0 and defeated rival Darien three times

In 2007, Benedict ended Darien's 54 game winning streak of not losing a game to any team in Connecticut. Benedict led the team to a 5-4 victory over Darien in the FCIAC Semi-Finals. Since this victory, the only Connecticut team to beat Darien is Greenwich in the 2008 season with a 8-7 victory over Darien. Greenwich is coached by Paul Burke, an alum and former New Canaan assistant coach. Burke was an All FCIAC and All State goalie for Benedict in 1980. Benedict has produced over 100 First-Team ALL FCIAC Players since 1978.

Benedict is a Connecticut Chargers Lacrosse Club Director. He is currently an English Teacher at New Canaan High School and was most recently named the Connecticut 2008 US Lacrosse Man of the Year.


Benedict has coached many players who were named All-American in High School, including:

Carl Nissan, Glenn Vivian, Bill Sperry, John Fitzsimmons, Pat Burke, Tom Arrix, Boyd Harden, Andy Towers, Joe Siletto, Reed Deluca, Steve Luciano, Kevin Arrix, Peter Deane, Kevin Harrison, Dave Cochran, Dan Harrix, Scott Harrison, Adam Butterworth, David Curry, Tyler Hardy, Chip Buzzeo, Charlie Streep, Dave Campbell, Dan Gerne, Craig Shubert, Mike Adair, Doug McCann, Brant Gresham, Paul Jepson, Dan Gross, Blake Evans, Rob Dubas, Drew Garrison, Steve Hurst.


Benedict has coaches hundreds of terrific players who have gone on to play at the highest levels of Division One and Division Three. Many of his players have been named College All-Americans, NCAA Players of the Year and Conference Players of the year. Benedict has coached a number of players who have played professionally in the Major League Lacrosse League including Andy Towers, Scott Harrison, David Curry and Austin Garrison. Benedict has coached players who played at:

Divsion 1 Hopkins, Duke, Syracuse, Maryland, UVA, Georgetown, Cornell, UNC, Army, UPenn, Yale, Navy, Colgate, Hartford, Loyola, Princeton, Hobart, Harvard, Denver U, Bucknell, Brown, Dartmouth, Fairfield, Villanova, Lehigh, Providence, UVM.

Division 3 Gettysburg, Denison, Middlebury, WAC, Ithaca, Williams, OWU, Wesleyan, Haverford, Amherst, Tufts, Haverford, Gordon, Dickinson, Boulder, RIT, Bowdoin, Skidmore, Endicott, Nazareth, Washington and Lee, Connecticut College, Ursinus, Muhlenberg, Trinity, Union, Springfield, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Marshall, Bates, Wooster, Kenyon, McDaniel, Colby, Hamilton, Eastern Connecticut, Swarthmore, Colorado College.


Many of the players that Benedict coached have gone on to coach at either the High School or College Level.

Andrew Towers, Associate Head Coach at Dartmouth College

David Campbell, Head Coach at Middlebury College

Mike Murphy, Former Assistant for Benedict and Head Coach at Haverford College

David Curry, Former Assistant Coach at University of Virginia

Paul Burke, Former Assistant for Benedict and Head Coach at Greenwich High School

Robert Lutz, Former Assistant for Benedict and Assistant Coach at Darien High School

Steve Schmitz, Former Assistant for Benedict at New Canaan High School

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