Ben Delia

Ben Delia

  • Title:
    Head Coach
  • Phone:
    717-358-3897
  • Email:
    benjamin.delia@fandm.edu
  • Summary:
    During Ben Delia’s tenure at F&M, the Diplomats have produced 76 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team recipients, while capturing 25 gold medals at the CC Championship meet. His swimmers have also performed well on the national stage as the women’s side has been crowned with three All-America accolades, while the men’s side has garnered 10 All-America certificates.
  • Alma Mater:
    Hamilton '05
  • Experience:
    9th Season

Ben Delia enters his ninth year at the helm of the Franklin & Marshall men's and women's swimming programs in 2019-20. 

During his tenure at F&M, the Diplomats have produced 76 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team recipients, while capturing 25 gold medals at the CC Championship meet. His swimmers have also performed well on the national stage as the women’s side has been crowned with three All-America accolades, while the men’s side has garnered 10 All-America certificates.

The men's team enjoyed a breakout 2018-19 campaign, sending a program-high six members to NCAA Championships who brought home 10 All-America honors. F&M's women's team has seen sustained success under Delia, as Katie Grant ’15 became the first female Diplomat swimmer to earn All-America honors since 2010, claiming the nod in both the 500 and 1650 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Championships, while Becca Meyers posted a time of 16:54.61 to take sixth place at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships. 

Delia’s swimmers have also accumulated Conference honors as Jillian Albus ’17 was named the CC’s Outstanding Rookie Swimmer at the 2014 CC Championships, while Bridget Dromerick swept the individual awards at the 2015 CC Champs, taking home the Most Outstanding Performer honor, as well as the Most Outstanding Rookie. 

Before coming to Lancaster, Delia spent the previous four years as the head women's swimming coach at Randolph-Macon College. At Randolph-Macon, Delia’s women’s team finished second at the ODAC Championships each year and compiled a dual meet record of 27-12. Swimmers rewrote the record book 18 times, while the 2008-09 team set a program record for dual meet victories with 11. At the conference level, R-MC swimmers earned 30 All-ODAC selections, won 13 conference event championships and set 2 conference records. In 2011, Delia was named the ODAC Coach of the Year after his swimmers won 9 of 18 championship events and swept the conference postseason awards. 

Delia began his coaching career with a stint as an assistant coach at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. after a successful four-year career at Hamilton College. As a student-athlete at Hamilton, Delia was a member of the All-NESCAC team and was a championship finalist on several occasions. 

Delia still competes as an elite amateur triathlete. He has earned USA Triathlon All-American honors on several occasions, and also finished in the top 100 at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2010.

A native of Oswego, N.Y., Delia graduated from Hamilton in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a concentration in economics. He earned his Master's Degree in economics from Trinity College in 2007.

Delia File (Men)
  Overall CC Conference  
Year Won Loss Pct. Won Loss Pct. Accolades
2011-12 5 3 .625 5 1 .833 Third at CC Championships
2012-13 3 5 .375 2 4 .333 Third at CC Championships
2013-14 3 6 .333 2 4 .333  
2014-15 5 3 .625 4 2 .667 Third at CC Championships
2015-16 3 5 .375 2 4 .333  
2016-17 3 6 .333 2 4 .333  
2017-18 8 4 .667 2 4 .333 Fourth at CC Champs; NCAA Qualifier
2018-19 8 4 .667 4 2 .667 Finished 23rd at NCAAs; 10 All-America honors
8 Seasons 38 36 .514 23 25 .479  

Delia File (Women's)
  Overall CC Conference  
Year Won Loss Tie Pct. Won Loss Pct. Accolades
2011-12 6 3   .667 6 1 .857 Second at CC Championships
2012-13 5 4   .556 3 4 .429 Third at CC Championships
2013-14 5 5   .500 3 4 .429 Third at CC Championships
2014-15 6 3   .667 5 2 .714 Second at CC Championships
2015-16 5 3 1 .611 5 2 .714 Third at CC Champs., One All-American
2016-17 3 7   .300 3 4 .429  
2017-18 6 7 0 .462 3 4 .429 Fourth at CC Championships
2018-19 7 6 0 .538 3 4 .429 Fourth at CC Championships
8 Seasons 43 38 1 .530 31 25 .554  

 

Updated 7/8/19 | BW