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Ben Ganus
Ben Ganus
Title: Assistant Football Coach -- Run Game Coordinator / Offensive Line
Phone: (334) 833-4327
Email: bganus@hawks.huntingdon.edu
Education: B.S., Human Performance, Huntingdon College

Ben Ganus returned to his alma mater for a second stint as an assistant football coach in 2015. He is in his third season as the Hawks' offensive line coach and was named the Run Game Coordinator in 2017. Ganus coached running backs and H-backs in 2012 and 2013.

Ganus' offensive line helped lead the way for Huntingdon's offense as the Hawks won back-to-back USA South Athletic Conference championships in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016, the offensive line helped the Hawks rank third in Division III in total offense per game (543.9 yards), eighth in points per game (45.3) and tied for 11th in sacks allowed (nine in 11 games) while setting Huntingdon records for rushing yards (2,960), rushing touchdowns (35), passing touchdowns (33), total offense (5,983 yards) and points scored (498) in a season. Two of the Hawks' front five earned first-team All-Conference honors.

In 2015, Huntingdon's offensive line paved the way for a ground game that rushed for a then-program-record 2,936 yards and tied what was then the program record with 33 rushing touchdowns. Three of the Hawks' offensive linemen were named first-team All-Conference and a fourth offensive lineman earned second-team All-Conference honors.

During his first two seasons as a Huntingdon assistant, Ganus' running backs amassed 3,233 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. The running backs and H-backs were on the receiving end of 80 passes for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The running backs and H-backs played a crucial role in helping the Hawks set a then-Division III record of 585.8 yards per game in 2013.

Ganus mentored second-team All-Region running back Trevor Manuel in 2012 and second-team All-Region guard Chael Pridgen in 2015. Pridgen became the first Hawk to earn All-Region honors three times. In four seasons, Ganus has helped produce eight All-Conference selections, 16 Academic All-Conference selections and four NFF Hampshire Honor Society members.

In between his stints with the Hawks, Ganus spent the 2014 season as the running backs coach at Methodist University. His running backs rushed for 1,887 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged 5.5 yards per carry to help the Monarchs lead the USA South with 484.2 yards of offense per game.

Before joining the Huntingdon staff in 2012, Ganus spent two seasons coaching running backs and fullbacks at Waldorf College. While at Waldorf, Ganus coached two all-conference running backs.

A native of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Ganus was a two-year starter at fullback for Huntingdon and was a member of the Hawks' first playoff team in 2009. Ganus earned his B.S. in Human Performance at Huntingdon and is pursuing his MBA in Sports Administration from Columbia Southern University.