Ben Luber is returning to the Rider University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, it was announced today.
“I am excited to have a familiar face back in our program and on my staff,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett, who is entering his fifth season at Rider. “Ben did a great job of developing our players and recruiting when we were both assistants here at Rider.”
Luber served as an assistant coach at Rider on the 2010-11 and 2011-12 men’s basketball teams, before spending four seasons on the Binghamton University coaching staff, three as the associate head coach. “Ben is a tireless worker and a great recruiter,” said Baggett, the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year. “I’m fortunate to have been able to bring him back here to Rider. I look forward to working with Ben this upcoming season.”
At Binghamton Luber orchestrated three straight prominent recruiting classes as the programs recruiting coordinator, overseeing the team defense and player development as well.
Since his career began at Rider in 2009 as the director of basketball operations, Ben has helped develop players who have since played professionally in Italy, France, Belgium, Lithuania, Australia, Hungary, Japan, Serbia, Macedonia, Argentina, Iceland, Czech Republic, and Greece.
Prior to coaching college basketball, Luber owned the Ben Luber Basketball Academy, LLC where he trained some of the top talent in Pennsylvania. One of his most notable protégés, Ryan Arcidiacono, was recently named the Final Four MVP as the starting point guard for National Champion Villanova.
In his first stint at Rider Luber was part of a staff that produced a program-record 23 wins in 2010-11. He was in charge of guard play and his unit finished in the nation’s top-10 in three-point field goal percentage.
He was a four-year point guard and letterwinner at Penn State, where he was a two-time team captain in the Big Ten Conference. He ranks among the Nittany Lions’ top-10 in career assists and steals. As a freshman, he was an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American selection by Street & Smith magazine.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2007 Luber played professionally in Israel and Iceland.
In high school, Luber was a first team all-state honoree and set school records for career wins, points, assists and steals. He led his Council Rock North team to the Pennsylvania Sweet 16 and was twice named the Bucks County Player of the Year.
A native of Richboro, Pa., Luber is a member of the Council Rock Hall of Fame.
Ben is one of five siblings (Justin, David, Kelsey, Kate) raised by parents Dr. Ronald and Kathy Luber.
At Rider, Luber replaces Mike Witcoskie, who took a similar position at Central Connecticut to work under former Rider assistant coach Donyell Marshall.
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