Ben Strawbridge is in his second season as an assistant coach at Arkansas after joining the staff on Jan. 23, 2012.
Strawbridge was part of the historic 2013 season, helping guide the Razorbacks to a program-best 15-8-1 record and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Strawbridge is part of a staff that took the Razorbacks to the SEC Tournament for two-consecutive seasons, picking up the first postseason win in 17 years with a 4-0 victory over Missouri in the opening round. In it's NCAA debut, Arkansas reached the final round of 16. Strawbridge helped the Razorbacks to an 8-3 home record, the most wins at Razorback Field.
In addition to a successful season on the field, the Razorbacks also
collected several accolades including the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Sophomore midfielder Ashleigh Ellenwood earned Second Team All-SEC and
Second Team All-South Region, while Allie Tripp was named SEC Player of
the Week. In addition, the Razorbacks ended the season ranked No. 24 in
the Top Drawer Soccer Postseason Top 25.
In his first season with the Razorbacks he helped lead the team to a 9-10-1, 6-6-1 Southeastern Conference record that resulted in Arkansas' first SEC Tournament bid since 2000.
Strawbridge was the head coach at Division II Florida Southern College from 2006-11 and guided the Moccasins to four consecutive 10-win seasons from 2007-10.
Strawbridge coaches the defense, recruits, handles videos and coordinates fitness training.
Overall, Strawbridge compiled a 61-42-9 (.576) record in his six seasons at FSC, which included a 26-20-2 mark in the Sunshine State Conference, two appearances in the SSC championship game and three trips to the NCAA Tournament (2008-10). Both the SSC championship game and NCAA playoff appearances were the first in team history. Other firsts for the Moccasins were their first national ranking (2008), first win over a ranked opponent (2009), first All-American (2007) and first Academic All-American (2008). Strawbridge also earned a “first” for himself when he was voted the SSC Coach of the Year in 2007.
From 2007-10, Florida Southern was 48-24-8 for a .650 winning percentage overall and 22-9-1 for a .703 winning percentage in SSC regular-season play.
In Strawbridge’s six seasons, Florida Southern faced 27 nationally ranked opponents, including five in 2011 and in 2010. In 2009 and 2010, the Mocs upset top 10 teams on the road, earning a 2-1 overtime win at No. 9 Franklin Pierce (NH) in 2009 and a 3-2 overtime win at No. 2 West Florida in 2010. They also tied No. 2 Columbus State in 2010.
Strawbridge and the Moccasins were at their best in 2010 against the best teams on the schedule. En route to a 10-5-4 overall record, the Mocs defeated four teams which won conference regular-season or tournament championships (West Florida, Abilene Christian, Nova Southeastern and Tampa), and tied another (Columbus State). They also played national semifinalist Florida Tech to a tie twice, including once in the NCAA South Region Tournament where the Panthers needed penalty kicks to advance past Florida Southern. The Mocs played seven of the top 16 scoring offenses in the nation in 2010, beating four of them and tying two others.
In 2010, Florida Southern earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row. 2010 also saw Florida Southern achieve its highest national ranking in program history when the Moccasins moved up to No. 12 in the NSCAA poll after defeating West Florida. They spent the next six weeks ranked in the top 20 and finished the regular season at No. 25. In the NCAA regional rankings, the Moccasins reached No. 1 for the first time ever on Oct. 27, 2010.
Prior to his arrival at Florida Southern, Strawbridge was the assistant women’s soccer coach at Division I Liberty University from 2002-05 under James Price. In his final season with the Flames, he helped Liberty win the 2005 Big South Conference championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Flames were 12-7-2 overall and 5-3 in the Big South, giving them a winning conference record all four years Strawbridge was an assistant, including 2002 when they were undefeated in league play.
Strawbridge also played at Liberty, where he started all 67 games from 1998-2001 as a defender. During that time, he established himself as one of the best players to ever wear a Flames uniform. He was two-time All-South Atlantic Region and was the first player in team history to earn first-team All-Big South honors three straight years. His play in 1999 helped Liberty goalkeeper Dean Short set a Big South Conference record with 10 shutouts.
Strawbridge earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Liberty in 2002 and his master’s in business administration in 2006. He and his wife, Kristy, have two daughters, Aslyn and Maryn, and a son, Hackett.