Rich Bensman is in his second 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.
In his first season at the helm, Bensman guided the Polar Bears to a 16-10 record and a runner-up finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 14-4 mark.
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.
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Matt Winters is in his second year as an assistant coach at Ohio Northern University.
He joins ONU after spending the 2015-16 season at Rhodes (Tenn.), where he helped coach three players to All-SAA honors.
Winters also served as an assistant coach at Denison from 2012-15. During his time at Denison, the team advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament three times, and five of his players earned All-NCAC honors.
Winters also has high school coaching experience as he spent three seasons at Bishop Hartley High School, where he served as the freshman head coach and varsity assistant.
During the 2010-2011 season, his squad team advanced to the Division II State Tournament. They were also the Division II District & Regional Champions, and the Central Catholic League Champions.
A 2009 graduate of Ohio Dominican, Winters earned a degree in Integrated Social Studies Education.
While at Ohio Dominican, he was part of a Panthers basketball team that advanced to the AMC Tournament semifinals in the 2007-2008 season. He also was the recipient of the Commitment to Leadership Award in 2008.
Winters obtained his Masters of Educational Leadership from Dayton in 2015.