3000
02/25 Men's Basketball Final
92
John Carroll
81
Ohio Northern
02/22 Men's Basketball Final
85
Capital
88
Ohio Northern
02/19 Men's Basketball Final - OT
88
Ohio Northern
85
Wilmington
02/15 Men's Basketball Final
90
Ohio Northern
85
Mount Union
02/12 Men's Basketball Final
86
Heidelberg
96
Ohio Northern
02/08 Men's Basketball Final
81
Ohio Northern
74
Muskingum
 

Kevin Byrne
Kevin Byrne
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 419-772-1497
Email: k-byrne@onu.edu

Kevin Byrne is in his second season head men's basketball coach at Ohio Northern University.

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.

Last season, Byrne helped guide MIT to a 29-2 record and trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament Final Four.

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.

Men's Basketball under Byrne

Year Record Pct. OAC Pct. OAC Tournament
2012-13 13-14 .481 8-10 / 7th 
.444 Quarterfinals
1-Year Totals 
13-14 
.481 
8-10 .444 
 
Rich Bensman
Rich Bensman
Title: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 419-772-2454
Email: r-bensman@onu.edu

Rich Bensman is in his second 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.

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.

Blake Kindle
Blake Kindle
Title: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Blake Kindle is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Ohio Northern.

Kindle is in his second stint as an assiatant coach at ONU after rejoining the staff in 2011-12.

He coached at ONU for two seasons in 2000-01 and 2001-02 and was part of the coaching staff that led Ohio Northern to the 2001 NCAA Division III Final Four.

He spent the past eight seasons from 2003-10 as an assistant coach at Bluffton University.

Prior to coming to ONU in 2000, Kindle served as head boys basketball coach at Waynesfield-Goshen HS from 1995-96 and at Anthony Wayne HS from 1997-98.

Kindle earned a bachelor of science on health and physical education from Ohio State in 1987 and a master’s of sports science from the United States Sports Academy in 2002.

He resides in Ada.

Steven Reid
Steven Reid
Title: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Email: s-reid.1@onu.edu

Steven Reid is in his second 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.



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