Benton, Cummings to Join Women's Basketball as Assistant Coaches

Benton, Cummings to Join Women's Basketball as Assistant Coaches

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Eddie Benton, a former assistant coach at Cincinnati and Duquesne, and Kanika Cummings, a former assistant at Connecticut College are set to join Brown University women's basketball as assistant coaches, Brown head coach Sarah Behn announced on Thursday.

Benton has coached at the Division I level at the University of Cincinnati, Duquesne University, and Saint Francis University (Pa.), helping lead all three of those programs to postseason appearances, while Cummings served as the lead assistant coach at Conn. College from 2016-18 following a playing career at Siena College from 2010-14.

"I am very excited to start working with Eddie and Kanika in June," Behn said. "Both coaches bring experience and passion to our staff, and I know they are going to help elevate our program."

During the 2017-18 season, Benton served as an assistant coach at Cincinnati, aiding the program to an appearance in the 2018 WNIT. With the Bearcats, he worked in a number of capacities, assisting with practice coordination, player development, scouting, game scheduling, and recruiting.

Prior to Cincinnati, Benton coached at Duquesne from 2013-16, helping the team reach the 2016 NCAA Championship Second Round and concluding the season with a 28-6 overall record. Benton and the Dukes earned invitations to the WNIT in both 2014 and 2015.

"Eddie came highly recommended from all of his previous head coaches," Behn said. "When I met him, I was immediately impressed with his dynamic personality and his knowledge of the game. Eddie was an amazing player and his vast coaching experience, including being a head coach, was exactly what I was looking for in my top assistant. Eddie is going to play a pivotal role for our staff in several ways, including implementing team strategy, recruiting, and player development."

From 2004-12, Benton acted as the head women's basketball coach at LaRoche College, garnering Allegheny Mountain College Conference Coach of the Year accolades in 2011 and 2012. He led LaRoche to back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2011 and 2012.

A standout student-athlete, Benton played at the University of Vermont from 1992-96, concluding his career as the Catamounts all-time leading scorer with 2,474 points. He earned First Team All-America East honors four times, won the 1996 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's top point guard under six feet, and captured the 1996 Bob Cousy Award as New England's top point guard. Benton went on to play professionally in the Continental Basketball Association, Israel, and Venezuela.

Cummings served as the lead assistant coach at Conn. College from 2016-18, helping lead the Camels to a pair of postseason berths and appearances in the NCAA regional rankings. During her two seasons, she aided the Camels to a .632 winning percentage. She assisted with recruiting, video breakdown, scouting, practice planning, conditioning, and travel operations.

"Kanika is definitely a rising star in the coaching ranks," Behn said. "I am impressed with her playing background at Siena and the work that she has done as an assistant coach. Kanika has great passion for the game and a caring disposition, which I know will serve our players well. Kanika will have many duties as our third assistant, including recruiting, academic mentoring, and player development."

Cummings has worked as a coach at prospect camps at both Brown and Franklin & Marshall College. During the 2015-16 season, she served as an assistant coach at Oxford High School in Connecticut.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Cummings played for four seasons at Siena College from 2010-14, earning Scholar-Athlete accolades.