Buena Vista University director of athletics, Jack Denholm, has announced the hiring of Benton Frayne, as the university's new head women's soccer coach.
Frayne is set to arrive on campus after having served as the assistant women's soccer coach at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., since 2015. During his tenure, he was part of a Gusties team that went 38-29-11 overall and made three straight Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) conference tournament berths. In 2015, the team captured the tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
"I am pleased to announce the hiring of Benton Frayne as our new women's soccer coach," says Denholm. "Through the interview process, he shared his vision along with having extensive recruiting knowledge. He knows what he wants accomplished from the program along with having high goals and expectations for it."
Prior to Gustavus Adolphus, Frayne served as an assistant coach at both Bethany Lutheran College (2013 & 2014) and Grinnell College (2009). Aside from the collegiate level, he's served as a junior varsity high school girls coach at both Mankato East (2012) and Albert Lea (2010 & 2011).
"I am thrilled and honored to be the head women's soccer coach at Buena Vista," says Frayne. "President Merchant and athletic director Jack Denholm have a vision for the future of Buena Vista University, and I'm looking forward to being a part of that vision."
Since 2015, Frayne has also been the director of coaching for the Mankato United Soccer Club where he oversaw player and coach development for the traveling program. In 2018, the club finished with an overall record of 115-110-30.
Frayne earned a masters of arts degree in sports management from Minnesota State University and a bachelor of science degree in recreation and tourism from Winona State University.
He is eager to get to campus and start meeting with both the student-athletes and working alongside the athletic staff.
"The closeness and enthusiasm of the Buena Vista athletics department is something I look forward to joining," Frayne adds. "I enjoyed walking around the beautiful campus and felt right at home."