Ben Cabell
Ben Cabell
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 554-4885
Email: bcabell@scu.edu
Year: Ninth Year as Head Coach

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Ben Cabell enters his ninth season as the head coach of the Broncos in 2014-15. This past season he coached Katie Le to her third straight NCAA Singles Championship berth. 

In 2014, Le was named All-WCC first team and Delphine Rouvillois and Stephanie Skaras were both named All-WCC Honorable Mention in Singles. The All-WCC teams were based on a coaches ballot.  Chelby Cooke and Le as the No. 1 doubles WCC All-Tournament Team.  Le headlined the WCC All-Academic list with her third straight appearance positing a 3.80 grade point average (GPA) as a Computer Engineering major. In addition, Rouvillois made the All-Academic Team for the first time while Cooke and Skaras received honorable mentions for their academic achievements.

In the 2013-14 the Santa Clara Broncos achieved their highest ranking in the program's history (No. 51), under the guidance of Head Coach Ben Cabell, Asst. Coach Tricia Guidance, and Asst. Coach Jakub Cech. The team reached the semifinals of the WCC Tennis Championship, for the second consecutive year.

Ben Cabell was nammed WCC Co-Coach of the Year for the 2012-2013 season (along side Pepperdine Head Coach, Gualberto Escudero). The team finished the year with a 7-1 record during the regular season, and a record of 12-10 overall. The Broncos finished the season with an ITA ranking of No. 63.

Ben Cabell was named head coach for the Bronco women's tennis team on July 16, 2007. The 2013-14 season will mark his eighth year as SCU's head coach. Cabell served as interim head coach during the 2006-07 season and also served as an assistant coach from 2004-06.

Over his two seasons at the helm of the women's tennis program, Cabell has coached six All-West Coast Conference selections in Erika Barnes, Kim Daniel, Myra Davoudi, Casey Knutson, Lindsay McBride and Carmen Pham. In 2007, Daniel became Cabell's first ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and WCC All-Academic honoree.

Despite finishing the 2007-08 season with a 5-18, the Broncos made vast improvements both individually and as a team. Seniors Davoudi and McBride teamed up to become a threat in every doubles match, while freshman Pham stepped up and contributed points in singles and doubles right from the start.

Santa Clara made out with a number of big wins during Cabell's first official season. In the beginning of women's dual action, the Broncos defeated then-No. 22 UC Santa Cruz, 6-1. Later in February, the Broncos dominated the San Jose State Spartans in a Rivalry Series match, 6-1. Nearing the end of the regular season, the team fell in a WCC road match against Portland but faced the Pilots again in the WCC Championships and came out with a clutch win, 4-3, to put the Broncos in position for fifth place. While at the conference championships, Pham prevented a sweep by then-No. 18 Pepperdine in the first round match-up as she defeated Anete Bandere at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-2). It was the first time since 1995 that a Bronco won a singles match against the Waves.

In 2006-07, Cabell led the Broncos to an 8-12 mark in the dual season, including wins over San Francisco, San Jose State and previously unbeaten Fresno Pacific. The Broncos peaked at the end of the year with an excellent performance at the WCC Championships. After losing in the first round, SCU defeated Portland to move into the fifth-place match against USF. The Broncos ended up splitting fifth with the Dons after rains cancelled the match with SCU leading in the day's final match.

Cabell's vast knowledge and solid coaching style helped a number of players have standout campaigns in 2007. Under his tutelage, seniors Barnes and Knutson were named All-WCC Second Team in doubles, as they put together one of the top doubles seasons in school history. The pair tied the school record for wins with 16, while also pulling out a number of memorable victories. Barnes and Knutson defeated the nation's No. 39 team of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State 9-7 in one of the program's biggest wins ever. Knutson and fellow senior Kim Daniel both earned All-WCC honors and finished in the top 10 all-time in singles wins at SCU.

Prior to taking over as interim head coach last year, Cabell spent the two seasons as an assistant under Damon Coupe. He was involved in training on the court, while also serving as the strength and conditioning coach. He has also worked as an assistant pro at the Los Altos Golf & Tennis Club.

As a player, Cabell began his collegiate career at Foothill College before transferring to San Diego State University. He also spent time at Santa Clara as a member of the men's tennis team. He still competes in a number of local tournaments and played competitively in challenger matches and tournament qualifiers for professional tournaments following his collegiate career.