Rich Bensman
Rich Bensman
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 419-772-2454

Rich Bensman enters his fourth season as the head men’s basketball coach at Ohio Northern.

Before taking over the program on February 24, 2016, he had served as an assistant coach the previous four seasons.

In three seasons at the helm, Bensman has guided the Polar Bears to a 42-37 overall record and a 29-25 mark in Ohio Athletic Conference play. His 2016-17 squad finished runner-up in the OAC Regular Season title race with a 14-4 league mark, while the 2017-18 squad advanced to the program's first OAC Tournament title game since the 2006 season.

Bensman coached Ryan Bruns to back-to-back All-America honors during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons and the 2017-18 OAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year award. In three seasons, he has also coached seven All-OAC honorees.

Bensman came to ONU following a highly-successful prep basketball coaching career. He won 296 games, four consecutive district championships, three consecutive regional finals, and an Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championship in 18 seasons leading the Cincinnati Reading High School basketball program.

He was named the Cincinnati Hills Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2011 and was named the Ohio Public High School Coach of the Year in 2003 when he guided Reading to a 24-3 record and a state title.

He was also named the Southwest District Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Bensman had previous coaching stints at Archbishop Moeller High School and Cincinnati McNicholas High School as an assistant, helping guide the Rockets to an OHSAA Final Four appearance in 1993.

"I am excited to be coaching at the NCAA Division III level and am impressed with the vision and leadership at Ohio Northern," Bensman said. "There is a lot of comradeship, working together for the common good of the university and the students."

Bensman has a bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his graduate work at Xavier University.

He is a native of Minster, Ohio, where he played basketball in the storied MAC conference.

Men's Basketball under Bensman

Year Record Pct. OAC Pct. OAC Tournament
2018-19 7-18 .280 3-15 / t9th .167  
2017-18 19-9 .679 12-6 / 3rd .667 Runners Up
2016-17 16-10 .615 14-4 / t2nd .778 Quarterfinals
3-Year Totals 42-37 .532 29-25 .537  
Zach Hurth
Zach Hurth
Title: Assistant Men's Basketball
Phone: 419-772-1497

Zach Hurth is in his first year as an assistant men's basketball coach at Ohio Northern University.

He comes to ONU after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Trine (ind.) in 2018-19.

A native of Lansing, Mich., Hurth attended Albion (Mich.) in 2011-15 where he was a four-year varsity player for the Britons.

Hurth was named captain of the team his junior and senior year. He finished his senior season seventh in the conference in made three-pointers and second in three-point percentage (42.5%). He ranks in the top-ten all-time at Albion in minutes played and started 58 games during his career.

After college, Hurth worked as the assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he was the head of scouting and recruiting.

In 2016, he became the graduate assistant coach at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. While working towards a master’s degree in business management with a focus in leadership, he was involved in player development, recruiting, practice planning, and film/scouting activities.

During his time at Aquinas, Hurth helped coach and developed two All-Americans.

The Aquinas men’s basketball team reached the NAIA national tournament during the 2016-17 season.

Jon Cook
Jon Cook
Title: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Jon Cook is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Ohio Northern men's basketball program.

He comes to the men's program after a four-year stint as an assistant coach for the Polar Bear women's basketball team from 2016-19.

Cook is a 1995 Ohio Northern graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History. While attending ONU, he spent four years as a student assistant coach with the men’s basketball program, including the 1993 campaign when the Polar Bears won the NCAA Division III National Championship.

He was previously the head boys basketball coach at Ada High School from 1996 to 1998. He has also served as head boys basketball coach at Jackson Center High School (2000 to 2001) and Allen East High School (2014).

Jon also worked with the men’s basketball program at Bluffton University on two occasions (1999 & 2007-08).

Cook and his wife, Heather, reside outside of Ada with their children, Marin, Micah, Lucas and twin daughters, Mason and Laura.