Golden Eagles Soccer Camps
Head Coach Brenton Benware
Brenton Benware enters his second season as head men's soccer coach after being named to the position in July 2017.
Benware has more than 15 years of camp experience within the collegiate and club scenes. He enjoys the camp experience because of the fun shared in that environment, but also because he’s been able to find and recruit some top athletes (campers) into his collegiate programs. Benware has also served as a club DOC and ODP Staff Coach.
Benware most recently served as the head coach at Montreat (N.C.) where he spent a total of six seasons, from 2008-2010 and again from 2014-16, totaling a 53-48-6 mark (.523). Leading the Cavaliers, he coached 14 All-Appalachian Athletic selections in addition to a two-time AAC Player of the Year, two AAC Freshmen of the Year and an NAIA All-America honorable mention.
The Cavaliers made some noise over the six seasons, knocking off a pair of top-25 opponents, including a watershed 1-0 win at then-No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in 2008, part of a seven-match winning streak. That same season, Montreat climbed as high as No. 11 in the weekly NAIA coaches' poll.
From 2011-13, Benware made his way to Williamsburg, Ky. to lead Cumberlands for a trio of seasons, combining for a 27-21-4 (.598) record and knocking off six top-25 opponents in the fierce MidSouth Conference.
Perhaps most impressively, during his career, Benware has coached student-athletes that have combined for 45 All-Conference Academic accolades over the past nine seasons, including over a dozen NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Once recruited by legendary JBU head men's soccer coach Bob Gustavson, Benware chose to play collegiately at Oklahoma Wesleyan and, before his graduation in 2002, amassed a trio of All-Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference selections and an NCCAA All-America distinction as a senior.
Just two years later, OKWU tapped Benware to head both the men's and women's soccer programs. He coached both teams for a pair of seasons before guiding the men's team for another two from 2006-07.
Benware also earned a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Liberty University in 2010 and holds NSCAA National, Advanced National and Premier Diplomas.
Benware, and his wife Kelly, resides in Siloam Springs with their three children, Riley, Micah and Jaxon.