Aaron Benning joined the Georgia volleyball staff in January 2017 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
“Aaron is one of the nation’s best recruiters,” said Georgia head coach Tom Black, as Benning will act as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator. “He believes in what we are trying to do, and he believes in the young ladies we will end up offering to. He also has a very high business acumen, which often can’t be observed by fans or players, but the benefits for the program will be clear. He is passionate about coaching, learning and developing our student-athletes to be the best they can be. It means a ton to me Aaron would take this exciting next chapter with me to UGA and we are lucky to have him.”
Benning previously served in the same capacity for three seasons at Loyola Marymount under Black as well. Prior to LMU, Benning served as the Director of Sports for City Beach Volleyball Club since 2004, and spent a total of seven years, including three as head women's volleyball coach, at Ohlone College.
While at LMU, Benning helped the Lions to two NCAA appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 after upsetting nationally-ranked Colorado State and Stanford in Palo Alto. In addition to LMU’s NCAA showings, Benning assisted in notching a pair of 20-win seasons. The 24 wins LMU recorded in 2015 were the most for the program since collecting 26 in 2003. That same season LMU also finished third in the West Coast Conference, another best for the team since 2003. Benning saw LMU roll in accolades during his three years, including four AVCA All-America selections, six AVCA All-Region picks, an AVCA Region Freshman of the Year and 11 All-Conference honorees along with the Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Benning helped City Beach win nine Junior National Medals and over 180 Regional and National Tournaments. Consistently one of the top-25 volleyball clubs in the nation, Benning guided over 155 of his City Beach players into collegiate volleyball programs since 2006. In addition to coaching, Benning was responsible for many of the management and executive functions.
At the high school level, Benning coached numerous successful Bay Area programs. Working as a high school and juniors coach, he maintained a .710 winning percentage over nine seasons. Benning also served as a Lead Camp Coach and a member of the Coaching Clinic Staff for Gold Medal Squared since May 2007. Prior, Benning was the head coach of Ohlone College from 1998-2005.
Benning, a graduate of Yerba Buena High School in San Jose, California, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreational Management from Cal State East Bay in 2014.