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Campbell University - Softball
 
COACHING STAFF

KELI HARRELL  |  ASSISTANT COACH

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Keli Harrell was announced as an Assistant Coach for the Fighting Camels softball program in July of 2017. The Greenville, N.C., native comes to Campbell from Louisiana-Monroe, where she served as the assistant coach during the 2016 season. Harrell will serve as the pitching coach for the Camels in 2017, as well as assisting with recruiting, team orders and inventory.

Harrell spent two successful seasons in Monroe, where her primary role was with the pitchers. Her expertise helped to lead the Warhawks to the team’s first post-season appearance in the NISC since 1997, as well as 11 conference wins during the 2017 season, the most since joining the Sun Belt Conference. Under her tutelage in 2017, Melanie Coyne recorded a career-high of 12 strikeouts against South Alabama and finished her stellar career with 526 strikeouts, the fifth most in program history. In addition to her on-field coaching duties, Harrell assisted in recruiting, team travel, scheduling, as well as planning and implementing camps and clinics.

Prior to joining the coaching staff at ULM, Harrell had interim assistant coaching stints at East Carolina (2015) and Queens University of Charlotte (2011). In addition, she spent 2012-14 as the head coach at South Central High School in Winterville, N.C., leading the Falcons to two Coastal Conference Championships. 

She kicked off her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for East Carolina from 2007 to 2010, while she was earning her Master’s Degree in sport management. Harrell’s off-field duties included recruiting, mentoring and training athletes, as well as organizing the program’s budget and travel arrangements. She was a part of the coaching staff that was named Conference USA Staff of the Year and Mideast Region Staff of the Year in 2010.

While in graduate school at ECU, Harrell spent her summers playing professional softball in Michigan, the Netherlands and Austria. Harrell led the Twins (Netherlands) to the semifinals of league play and led the European Cup in strikeouts for the Superfund Wanderers (Austria).

Harrell also went to East Carolina for her undergraduate studies, where she had a successful career as a pitcher for the softball program. She remains the ECU all-time leader in saves, as well as the Conference USA all-time strikeout leader. Across the course of her career, she racked up a plethora of accolades, including three All-Conference honors, the 2005 All-NFCA Region Team, and the NCCSIA All-State team from 2004 to 2006. 

 


MARC BENJAMIN  |  VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH

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Marc Benjamin joined the Fighting Camels softball program in July of 2017 as an Assistant Coach. He comes to the Creek from Barton Community College, where he served as the head coach of the Cougar softball program for four years. He will work with all aspects of defense, as well as assisting with travel and recruiting for the Camels.

During his tenure with the Cougar softball program, he won 138 games, notching a stellar .670 winning percentage. In 2015, he coached his team to a 51-8 record, a No. 9 national ranking, and the program’s first Region VI title since 1993. The 2015 squad fell short of advancing to the NJCAA Division I tournament after losing in the District E Championship. Following the season, he was named the Co-Coach of the Year.

Over his four seasons in Great Bend, Kan., he coached 19 all-conference players, three NFCA all-Americans, two conference MVPs, one freshman of the year and one NJCAA all-American. Benjamin also emphasized academic achievement among his players, as his team’s overall GPA improved from 3.24 to 3.44 from 2014 to 2015.

Prior to his time at Barton, Benjamin served as an assistant coach at Southern Utah in Cedar City. He spent three seasons with the Thunderbirds, where his primary duties included running pitching and batting drills at practices and preparing the field for games and practices. Benjamin passed the NCAA recruiting exam during all three years at Southern Utah.

Benjamin helped to turn the program from 10 wins to 25 wins during his tenure, including three consecutive conference tournament appearances. At SUU, he coached a Summit League Conference MVP, an Easton All-American and 13 all-conference honorees.

A former standout athlete, Benjamin got his start on the baseball diamond, playing collegiately for Cerritos College (1991-92) and Utah (1993-94). During his time with the Utes, he batted .317 and notched nine doubles, two triples, three home runs and 55 RBI.  In his senior year, he finished in the top 10 in the Western Athletic Conference with 15 stolen bases.

Benjamin played professional softball overseas after graduating from Utah in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science in political science. He played for 14 years, including stints with teams in New Zealand and Australia. He competed at the highest level of competition for me and was a part of teams that recorded top 10 finishes at numerous international tournaments.

His brother, Mike, played 13 years playing professional baseball in the major leagues, spending time in the Giants, Phillies, Red Sox and Pirates organizations.