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Ben Rayner

Player Profile

Position:
Assistant Coach

Former Delta State standout swimmer Ben Rayner enters his first season as Ohio University swimming & diving's assistant coach in 2014-15.

Rayner spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, helping lead the Hokies to their first Atlantic Coast Conference men's title.

An NCAA Division II All-American Honorable Mention and team captain, Rayner earned both his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science in 2011 and his Master's degree in Sport and Human Performance in 2013.

Prior to his arrival in Blacksburg, Va., Rayner spent a season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. He served as the sprint, breastroke and dryland coach and was responsible for writing and implementing all weight room lifts and strength and conditioning circuits. During his time at Delta State, the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen combined for 17 team records, 11 all-conference honors, five All-American honors and 11 Academic All-American honors. He helped lead the Statesmen to a runner-up finish at the NSISC championships and the Lady Statesmen to their first NSISC championship in over a decade.

Rayner spent one year working with the men's swimming program at Michigan as administrative assistant and as an assistant coach for Club Wolverine and Club Wolverine Elite prior to his time as a coach for Delta State. As Michigan's administrative assistant, Rayner worked heavily with recruiting, alumni communication and the logistical aspects of running a program. As an assistant coach with Club Wolverine, Rayner was in charge of the 11-12 year old age group. As an assistant coach with Club Wolverine Elite, he had the opportunity to work on deck with some of the world's top athletes training for the 2012 London Olympics. During Rayner's time in Ann Arbor, Michigan won the Big Ten Championship and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships.