Former Major Leaguer Benzinger New Hoops Coach at Lakota East

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Todd Benzinger has been named the new girls' basketball coach at
Liberty Township Lakota East after he was officially approved at the
Lakota School Districts board meeting Monday night. Benzinger, a former Major League Baseball player, was most
recently the Loveland girls' basketball coach, where he went 30-12 over
the past two seasons. The Tigers went 17-4 this past season.


Todd Benzinger has been named the new girls' basketball coach at Liberty Township Lakota East after he was officially approved at the Lakota School Districts board meeting Monday night.

Benzinger, a former Major League Baseball player, was most recently the Loveland girls' basketball coach, where he went 30-12 over the past two seasons. The Tigers went 17-4 this past season.

“Todd Benzinger has been a successful head coach at the Division I level,” Lakota East athletic director Jim Rouff said. “He has turned programs around and that is what we need at Lakota East. Todd brings tremendous enthusiasm and a history of winning. We are obviously very excited to have him join our coaching staff.”

Benzinger succeeds Dave Honhart, who resigned after five seasons with Lakota East. The Thunderhawks were 17-88 under Honhart, including 1-20 this past season.

Benzinger is the third head girls' basketball coach at Lakota East, following the tenures of Cindy Feltman (six seasons) and Honhart (five seasons).

Prior to Loveland, the 45-year-old Benzinger was the head coach at Cincinnati Seven Hills from 1999-2006. Under his direction, Benzinger went 122-47 with five sectional titles and two district championships.

Benzinger, who resides in Loveland, has a son and two daughters. The former Major League Baseball player is a New Richmond High School graduate.

“Coaching girls is a challenge and I have adapted to that,” Benzinger said. “I am probably better suited to coaching girls than boys. I have a personable way about me that I think is sometimes needed for girls' teams.”

Benzinger played nine seasons in the majors including stints with Boston, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Benzinger was a member of the 1990 World Series champion Reds and is remembered for catching the foul pop-up at first base to clinch the series over Oakland.

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