Origenes “Kiko” Benoit, enters his tenth season as MDC’s head volleyball coach. Under Benoit the Sharks have seven state titles and has finished as the NJCAA national runners-up three times during his first ten years running the program.
Coach Benoit has been named Southern Conference Coach of the Year ten times and State Coach of the Year seven times. In 2005, 2009, and 2014 he was named AVCA Northeast/Southeast region Coach of the year. This year Miami Dade College under Coach Benoit’s command won the Southern Conference, Florida State Tournament, and was led to a 27-3 record. His team is ranked #1 in Florida and #5 in the nation.
Benoit has helped numerous former MDC players go on to excel at Division I universities as well as in professional volleyball all over Europe and Latin America. Prior to becoming the head coach, he served 10 years as an MDC assistant. During that span, MDC compiled a 336-19 record and won four national titles. The program also finished second a total of six times during that magical run.
In 2002, Benoit was selected as the AFLAC Southeastern Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2005, he took over as head coach, promptly winning a state title and led the Sharks to another runners-up finish at the national championships. Benoit hasn’t slowed down since, continuing to dedicate countless hours, both coaching on the floor as well as coordinating recruiting efforts for the Sharks.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Benoit has had a tremendous influence on MDC’s numerous international standouts, helping those student-athletes acclimate to life in the United States. A 1990 graduate of American Senior High School, Benoit graduated from MDC and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in General Education, with a Minor in Psychology, from Columbia College Missouri.
Benoit is married to Olga, a former All-American setter at MDC and Columbia College. They have a beautiful daughter named Angeline Benoit.
Coach Nataly Gutierrez enters her third season as an assistant coach for Miami Dade. Joining in 2013 Coach Gutierrez has become an integral piece to the Lady Sharks volleyball team. Since coaching at MDC the Lady Sharks have been crowned FCSAA State Champions, and NJCAA National Runners-up. Nataly Gutierrez is a former MDC middle blocker and volleyball standout. She led the Lady Sharks to a second-place showing at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2007 and a fifth-place result at the NJCAA Nationals the following year. On both occasions, she made the All-Tournament Team. A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she also made First-Team All-Southern Conference 2007& 2008. After her standout career at MDC, Gutierrez transferred to Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design. Gutierrez earned Third-Team All-Conference honors both years at Freed-Hardeman, which competes at the Division III level. She now looks forward to her blossoming coaching career, where she can teach, mentor and serve as an example to the young women who are following in her footsteps.
Coach Kelly Dantas-McFarlane enters her first season as an assistant coach for Miami Dade College. Coach Dantas-McFarlane brings several years of experience to the table, as a former Barry University middle blocker Kelly Dantas-McFarlane helped her team win the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2004. During her collegiate career she was named to the 2004 AVCA All-Regional Team, and the 2002 Sunshine State Conference All-Freshman Team. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and her Master’s degree in Movement Science. Dantas-McFarlane played professionally for the Florida Wave in the Premier Volleyball League, the first professional volleyball league that was sanctioned by USA volleyball in 2012. She began her coaching career in 2009 with a youth volleyball club named South Florida. In 2010 she began coaching at Alonzo Mourning High School as an assistant coach while, there she aided the AMHS Sharks boys volleyball team become the 2013 and 2014 District Champs, Regional Champs, and State Qualifiers, she also aided the girls volleyball team become the 2013 and 2014 District Champs. Kelly Dantas- McFarlane is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil.