Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator | 9th Season
Baylor | 1999
Coach Benton can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in her office at (817) 257-7962.
BENTON QUICK FACTS
- Promoted to recruiting coordinator on May 24, 2007
- Joined the TCU coaching staff in September 2000
- Coaches the Lady Frogs' guards
- Earned her bachelor's degree from Baylor in 1999 and her master's from TCU in 2003
- Played for Cisco Junior College and McLennan Community College
Tonya Benton, the longest-tenured assistant on Head Coach Jeff Mittie's staff, enters her ninth season at TCU. She has served as recruiting coordinator since Spring 2007. In addition to her recruiting duties, Benton assists with on-the-floor coaching of TCU's guards and aids with the team's advance scouting.
In her eight seasons at TCU, the Frogs have a combined record of 180-81 (.690 winning percentage) and have advanced to postseason play each season after never advancing to the tournament prior. TCU has also won two regular-season conference championships and a trio of league tournament titles.
"Tonya has really developed into a fine coach," Mittie said. "She has been an integral part of our recruiting efforts as well as our individual on-the-floor workouts. In addition, our academic success is a direct reflection of her care for our student-athletes."
TCU's guard play has been one of the team's strong points over the past few seasons. The play of former Lady Frogs Adrianne Ross and Moneka Knight, along with guard/forwards Lorie Butler-Rayford and Helena Sverrisdottir, led the squad's scoring attack on its way to the Women's NIT Third Round in 2007-08. The team's top-seven scorers each worked under Benton, including Ross and Butler-Rayford, who claimed All-Mountain West Conference honors, as well as Sverrisdottir, the MWC Freshman of the Year.
Following the completion of Ross' career, she became only the second Lady Frog, and the first TCU guard, to reach the WNBA when she appeared on the opening-night roster of the San Antonio Silver Stars.
In 2006-07, Benton helped tutor Ross to one of the finest seasons ever experienced by a TCU player, as she earned honorable-mention All-America honors by the Associated Press and was named MWC Co-Player of the Year. Ross was also a WBCA/Kodak All-America finalist after leading the league in scoring and in steals. In addition to her success, fellow guard Ashley Davis earned second-team All-MWC honors and led the league in 3-point field-goal percentage and 3-pointers made.
In Benton's first season at TCU, the Lady Frogs took the basketball world by storm. It was a season of firsts for TCU, which set numerous school records including overall wins (25) and league triumphs (13). The Frogs also won the institution's first conference title of any kind by snagging both the Western Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament crowns. TCU landed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time and pulled off the largest first-round upset that year as a No. 11 seed by upending No. 6-seeded Penn State, a Final Four team the previous year.
Individually, the Lady Frogs' starting backcourt of Jill Sutton and Amy (Sutton) Porter received all-conference accolades. Sutton was a second-team All-WAC honoree and Porter snared a spot on the conference all-tournament squad.
Since joining the Purple and White, 15 different players have garnered 20 academic awards from the conference office. In 2006-07, Hanna Biernacka, Ashley Davis and Micaela Younger were named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team. Since joining the MWC prior to the 2005-06 season, TCU has had four individuals earn five league academic honors.
Tricia Payne and Tracy Wynn were two of the more notable honorees, as both received C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medals. To be eligible for a medal, a student-athlete must attain at least a 3.75 GPA for the entire academic year. Payne earned her medal in 2003 and Wynn was awarded hers in 2004.
Prior to coming to TCU in September of 2000, Benton served as an assistant coach at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas.
Benton, a native of Waco, Texas, played two seasons at Cisco (Texas) Junior College from 1993 to 1995. She earned her bachelor's degree in health and human performance from Baylor University in 1999 and her master's in liberal arts from TCU in 2003.
As a player, Benton was a star guard at Robinson High School in Waco, earning all-state accolades in 1993 and all-district honors in 1992 and 1993. She also was tabbed a Scholar-Athlete All-Star and was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students Sports Edition.