Ben Duckworth enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Lindenwood men’s volleyball team in 2021.
In 2020, the Lions got off to an impressive 11-8 start, including a 4-2 mark in the MIVA. The season was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two players received All-MIVA honors under the coaching of Duckworth, as Diego Negron and Sam Schindler both were named first-team All-MIVA honorees.
In 2019, the team finished 9-9, with a 5-9 record within the MIVA. The Lions ultimately fell to No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne in the MIVA Tournament. Under the assistance of Duckworth, four different Lindenwood student-athletes earned All-MIVA honors for the season, including seniors Adam Brewster and Connor Hipelius being named to the second team.
In 2018, Duckworth helped the team to a four-match improvement from the previous season. The 2018 squad posted 9.24 digs per set, second for a single season in the NCAA era of Lindenwood volleyball. Individually, libero Ryan Vorderer collected 242 digs, a Lindenwood NCAA record.
Prior to Lindenwood, Duckworth was the assistant coach for the McKendree men’s and women’s volleyball programs. He helped start the men’s team in 2013 along with head coach Nickie Sanlin. The Bearcats reached double-figure wins in each of the last three seasons, and they have finished sixth in the MIVA in each of the last two years. Over the last two years, two McKendree players have earned second-team all-MIVA honors, and five were honorable mention selections.
On the women’s side, McKendree has won 20 or more games in each of the last three years. The Bearcats advanced to the GLVC Championship match twice in that span, and reached the 2014 NCAA Division II Tournament. He recruited and helped coach one conference Player of the Year, one Freshman of the Year, one regional Freshman of the Year, two all-region players, and three first-team all-conference performers.
While at McKendree, Duckworth also worked with USA Volleyball as a high performance coach. He was an assistant coach for the A1 Select Boys Group at the USA High Performance Championships. Duckworth was also the head coach of the A2 Select Girls Camp, an assistant coach for the A3 Select Boys Camp, and an apprentice coach for the A3 Future Select Girls Camp.
Duckworth was the head coach of St. Louis High Performance Volleyball Club from 2006-2013. He had two top-10 finishes at the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals.
From 2006-2009, Duckworth was a player for Fort Wayne University, and he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2017. He was once a second-team all-conference selection. He was a member of the 2007 team which won the MIVA Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Division I-II National Championship match. Duckworth is third all-time in single-season aces at the school, and holds the school mark for most aces in a match.
Duckworth is originally from St. Louis, and was a three-time all-conference player at Oakville High School. He also earned all-Metro honors twice, and was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year in 2006. Duckworth also played three seasons for the St. Louis High Performance program.