Ben Deluca

Ben who has enjoyed national success as a student-athlete, assistant coach & head coach over the last 2 decades has been selected to lead the Blue Hens program.

He is just the ninth coach in the 70-year history of the sport at the University of Delaware.

““I am so excited to have Ben and his family as part of our Blue Hens family,” said Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak. “Ben believes strongly in the pursuit of excellence on and off the field and embodies the core values that drive the decisions we make every day in Delaware Athletics. He brings to us an incredible knowledge of the game of lacrosse and an understanding that the University of Delaware is a very special place. We have such a passionate group of Delaware lacrosse alumni and I know Ben will build a strong connection with them. There is absolutely no doubt that Ben makes our men's lacrosse program, this department, and this University better.”

DeLuca’s impact on the Blue Hens has been an immediate one with Delaware reaching the CAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time in eight years.

On the field, Delaware’s defense has ranked in the top-15 in the country over the past two seasons, while its offense scored nearly 11 goals per game, the highest over the past 20 years in program history.

Matt DeLuca (no relation) earned the program’s first All-American honor since 2011, ranking in the top-10 in both saves per game and save percentage.

In 2019, the Blue Hens set a program record with seven student-athletes earning All-CAA Accolades and the program’s first CAA Rookie of the Year since 2004 (Tye Kurtz) and the program’s first CAA Player of the Year (Charlie Kitchen) since 2010.

In 2018, five student-athletes earned All-CAA accolades with Dean DiSimone, Austin Haynes and Charlie Kitchen earning First Team recognition, while Matt DeLuca and Will Hirschmann were named to the Second Team.

Off the field, the Blue Hens continue to be heavily involved in the community, being weekly participants at a readers’ program at nearby McVey Elementary and in the second year of working with the Ferris School for an annual lacrosse clinic.

As a team, the Blue Hens earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, marking the first time in program history that had been accomplished.