Rich Bensman is in his first season as head men's basketball coach at Ohio Northern, taking over the program on Feb. 24, 2016.
Bensman served as an assistant coach at Ohio Northern the previous four seasons.
Bensman came to ONU after a highly successful prep basketball coaching career, where he won 296 games, four consecutive district championships, three consecutive regional final appearances and an Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championship in 18 seasons at the helm at Cincinnati Reading High School.
He was named the Cincinnati Hills Conference Coach of the Year in 2011, 2003 and 2002 and was named the Ohio Public High School Coach of the Year in 2003 when he guided Reading to a 24-3 record and the state title.
He was also named the Southwest District Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Bensman also had coaching stints at Archbishop Moeller High School and Cincinnati McNicholas High School as an assistant where he helped guide the Rockets to a OHSAA Final Four appearance in 1993.
"I am excited to be coaching at the NCAA Division III level, and I am impressed with the vision and leadership at Ohio Northern," Bensman said. "There is a lot of comradeship, working together for the common good of the University and the students."
Bensman has a bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University of Cincinnati and did his graduate work at Xavier University.
He is a native of Minster, Ohio, where he played basketball in the storied MAC conference.
Steven Reid is in his fourth year as assistant basketball coach at Ohio Northern.
A native of Fresno, Calif., Reid was a member of the nationally ranked, Clovis West H.S. basketball team coached by current Denver Nuggets’ assistant coach, Vance Walberg
Reid graduated from Oberlin in 2005 with a degree in Mathematics and History and a minor in law and society. A four-year letter winner, Reid was the captain of the men’s basketball team for two years and also served as the Chair of the NCAC Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Reid is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law.