Ben Rayner enters his first year as an assistant swimming coach for the Virginia Tech men’s and women’s swimming programs after a successful year as a graduate assistant swim coach for the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen of Delta State University. As a graduate assistant, Rayner was the sprint, breastroke and dryland coach and was responsible for writing and implementing all weight room lifts and strength and conditioning circuits. During his time at Delta State, the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen combined for 17 team records, 11 All-Conference honors, 5 All-American honors, and 11 Academic All-American honors. Rayner helped lead the Statesmen to a runner up finish at the NSISC championships and the Lady Statesmen to their first NSISC championship in over a decade.
Prior to his time as a coach for Delta State, Rayner spent one year working with the men’s swimming program at the University of Michigan as administrative assistant, and as an assistant coach for Club Wolverine and Club Wolverine Elite. As administrative assistant, Rayner worked heavily with recruiting, alumni communication, and the logistical aspects of running a program. As an assistant coach with Club Wolverine, Rayner was in charge of the 11-12 year old age group, and as an assistant coach with Club Wolverine Elite, Rayner had the opportunity to work on deck with some of the world’s top athletes training for the 2012 London Olympics. During Rayner’s time in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan won the Big 10 Championship, and finished 5th at the NCAA championships.
Rayner had a standout collegiate career as a swimmer for Delta State University, where he was an NCAA Division II All-American Honorable Mention, Team Captain, and winner of the athletic department’s “Workout Award” for hardest worker at the conclusion of his senior year. Rayner earned both his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science in 2011 and his Master’s degree in Sport and Human Performance in 2013 from Delta State University.