Kevin Byrne is in his fourth season as the head men’s basketball coach at Ohio Northern.
In three seasons, Byrne has guided the Polar Bears to a 41-38 record, a winning percentage of .519.
ONU had a 16-10 record and finished fourth in the Ohio Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
Byrne came to Ohio Northern after a 4-year stint at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as their associate head coach, and brings 13 years of coaching experience and three years of experience playing professional basketball to the Polar Bears.
The Akron, Ohio, native also has coaching stints at Marietta and Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) and played professional basketball for three seasons in Europe.
"I am very excited and thankful to have this great opportunity," Byrne said. "Ohio Northern is one of the top Division III programs in the country and I want to add to that legacy. I was in a really good position at MIT, but this was just an outstanding opportunity to be a head coach at a great institution like ONU and stay for a long time. I am also very happy to move back home to Ohio. I feel like I hit the jackpot."
During Byrne's stint at MIT, the team set the school record for wins, earned its first NEWMAC championship, and made the first three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in program history.
Byrne helped guide MIT to a 29-2 record and trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament Final Four in 2011-12.
Prior to coming to MIT, Byrne was the assistant coach at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon.
During Byrne's eight-year tenure, the team set the school record for wins with 19 (2004-05 season) and experienced the first 20-win season and first ever UAA championship, as well as the second ever trip to the NCAA Tournament (2005-06 season).
The Carnegie Mellon coaches were named the Coaching Staff of the Year in the UAA in both 2004-05 and 2005-06.
After graduating from CMU, Byrne enjoyed a three-year professional career playing in England and Ireland.
While at Carnegie Mellon, he graduated as the third all-time leading scorer and fifth all-time leading rebounder. Byrne's graduating class graduated with the most wins of any graduating class in Carnegie Mellon history.
Byrne earned a B.A. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon in 1996 and an M.A. in Psychology from Duquesne.
He resides in Ada with his wife, Krista.
Men's Basketball under Byrne
|2014-15||12-14||.462||7-11 / 6th||.389||Quarterfinals|
|2013-14||16-10||.615||12-6 / 4th||.667||Quarterfinals|
|2012-13||13-14||.481||8-10 / 7th
Rich Bensman is in his fourth season as assistant men's basketball coach at Ohio Northern.
Bensman comes 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.