Ben Arsenault has been named the head women’s basketball coach at Spalding University after a national search, Athletics Director Brian Clinard announced on Tuesday.
“We’re excited to add Coach Arsenault to our Spalding family,” said Clinard. “Throughout the search process it became very clear that Coach Arsenault’s passion for the holistic development of young people and the pursuit of academic and athletics excellence aligned with our values as an institution and an athletic department. We are excited to bring on an individual with a successful track record as a head coach and look forward to watching Ben elevate our women’s basketball program to new heights.”
Arsenault comes to Louisville from NCAA Division III member Vermont State University-Lyndon of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). He was head women’s basketball coach for the Hornets for four years.
“I’m ecstatic to start a new era of Spalding women’s basketball! I would like to take an opportunity to thank the hiring committee, Athletics Director Brian Clinard, and Associate Athletic Director Lisa Bash-Defrees for the opportunity to lead the Spalding program,” said Arsenault. “Throughout the interview process, I was amazed at how the Spalding athletic department’s vision mirrored that of mine, in which as a coach and mentor, my priority is to holistically empower these young women on and off the court and lead the program to long-lasting sustained success. I cannot wait to hit the ground running and get started! Go Golden Eagles!”
At VSU-Lyndon, Arsenault had an immediate impact as his team reached the NAC Tournament semifinals in his first season in 2019-20. It was just the second semifinal appearance in the program’s history. His teams made the NAC Tournament all three years the league held a tournament during his time in Vermont.
Two Hornets earned All-Conference honors under Arsenault. The VSU-Lyndon women’s basketball program also impressed in the classroom. The team GPA for his squad came in at an impressive 3.43 and 28 of Arsenault’s student-athletes earned NAC All-Academic Team recognition.
Prior to his time at VSU-Lyndon, Arsenault spent two years as a high school girl’s basketball coach in Vermont. Most notably, he led the Peoples Academy in Morrisville, Vt. to their first winning season in 17 years and their first state Final Four in 21 years. The coach also spent two years as the assistant men’s basketball coach and graduate assistant for athletics at NCAA DIII Vermont State University-Johnson.
Arsenault earned his bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management from Keystone College and followed that up with graduate work at both VSU-Johnson and the University of Maine at Farmington.D3