Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Meet the Coach

Head Coach: Steve Benjamin

Steve Benjamin has coached golf at RVC for over 30 years. Under his guidance, the Golden Eagles are annually one of the most competitive junior college teams in the country.Steve Benjamin Last season his golfers finished second nationally for the second straight season behind NJCAA All-Americans Andy Wilkinson, Elliot Day, and Andrew Canfield.

Benjamin represented RVC as a player in national competition in 1969, his second season as a player at the college. Both years saw N4C championships. He went on to the University of Northern Colorado as one of their top five golfers.

In 1973, he turned pro and worked as a club professional for the next four years in Colorado and Texas.

His 2001 and 2002 teams won NJCAA Division III National Championships. Benjamin joins RVC coaches Steve Vee (men’s tennis 2000 and 2002) and Heidi Hutchison (volleyball 1996 and 1997) as the only coaches in school history to win two national championships and be named national coach of the year twice.

In August 2012, Benjamin was inducted into the Rockford Area Golf Hall of Fame.

You can contact Coach Benjamin at (815) 963-3155.

Benjamin elected to Rockford Area Golf Hall of Fame

Steve Benjamin has been a fixture in the Rockford golf scene for decades. He was a member of the 1968 Guilford Vikings golf team that finished second in the Illinois State Championship. In September 2012, the 1968 golf team was inducted into the Guilford High School Hall of Fame. While attending Rock Valley College (1968-1970), Steve was a member of the Conference champion golf team during the 1968/69 and 1969/70 seasons. Steve earned Medalist honors in 1968/69 and was individual runner up at the 1969/70 conference. In 1968/69, Rock Valley College qualified for nationals. Steve continued his collegiate career at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was one of the golf team's top five players. The UNC Bears were conference champions, and Steve was team captain. The biggest team victory came in 1972, when the Bears beat the US Air Force Academy for the first time in school history, with a team total of 277 (Steve shot a 69). In 1973, Steve turned pro and worked as a club professional for the next four years in Colorado and Texas. In 1977, he assumed the role of head coach for his alma mater, Rock Valley College. Under his guidance, RVC garnered over 60 team victories, including 15 regional championships, and the team advanced to the NJCAA nationals for seven straight years, earning two NJCAA Division IIII national championships; Steve was named NJCAA Division IIII National Golf Coach of the Year. Other credentials include four years finishing in second place at the NJCAA Division IIII National Championships, and coaching 20 NJCAA Division IIII All-Americans. After receiving his amateur status back, Steve continued his competitive career in Rockford by winning the Ballard Memorial in 1983 and 1986, and the Winnebago County Amateur in 1986. Another highlight was at the 1985 Great Rockford Golf Classic, when Steve finished one shot behind champion Chris Beto.

Steve was inducted with Rock Valley College student-athlete John Alastair Robertson who played for Coach Benjamin for two years.