Delaney-Smith adds Brett Benzio to Women’s Basketball Staff

Photo courtesy of Tulane Athletic Communications
Photo courtesy of Tulane Athletic Communications

Benzio named assistant coach at Harvard after successful collegiate and professional playing career (Tulane Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith has announced the addition of Brett Benzio as an assistant coach, completing the coaching staff for the 2014-15 season.

Benzio arrives at Harvard after spending the past two seasons playing professionally for DJK Bamberg in Germany. The starting center, Benzio scored nearly seven points per game to go with a team-high 9.2 rebounds during the 2013-14 campaign. She also served as a youth coach during her tenure overseas.

A standout center in college, Benzio was the second player in Tulane school history to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds over her career. She graduated in 2012 after posting career averages of 8.2 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting over 60 percent from the floor for the Green Wave.

Prior to departing for Germany, Benzio served on the Final Four Local Organizing Committee in New Orleans. Her responsibilities for the event included preparing travel arrangements and contacting sponsors. Adding to her leadership background, Benzio served as an undergraduate student government liaison on the Student-Athletic Advisory Council, where she represented the views of the student-athlete population.

Benzio joins a Harvard program that went 22-8 last season, and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.