Ben DeLuca was announced as the associate head coach for Harvard men's lacrosse on June 3, 2015 and completed his second season on head coach Chris Wojcik's '96 staff in 2017.
In DeLuca's first season on the sideline, Harvard reached the title game of the Ivy League Tournament after knocking off top-seeded and second-ranked Brown in the semifinal, 13-12. That victory was one of three for the Crimson over a nationally ranked opponent, with Harvard also defeating then No. 4 Duke, 14-9, and then No. 20 Villanova, 13-12. The win over the Wildcats came in the season opener in overtime as the Crimson became just the second team in NCAA history to win three-consecutive games in overtime. At the conclusion of the year, Bobby Duvnjak (third team), Devin Dwyer (third team), and Joe Lang (honorable mention) were named to the USILA All-America teams, with a total of six individuals garnering All-Ivy League honors.
DeLuca came to Cambridge after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator under John Danowski at Duke, helping the Blue Devils to the 2014 national championship and the ACC regular season championship. DeLuca coached four defensive All-American’s in his first season in Durham, as the Blue Devils ranked fourth in the NCAA in ground balls per game (35.05). Duke also ranked fourth in ground balls (37.00) in 2015 and earned a berth to the NCAA tournament, with short stick defensive midfielder Will Haus earning his second straight All-America honor.
No stranger to the Ivy League, DeLuca spent 18 years at Cornell as both a student-athlete and coach, including three seasons as head coach from 2011-13. The Big Red won a pair of Ivy titles with DeLuca at the helm, posting an overall record of 37-11 with a conference mark of 16-2. Cornell also made two appearances in the NCAA tournament, reaching the quarterfinals in 2011 and the national semifinals in 2013. Twelve (12) student-athletes earned All-America recognition under DeLuca’s tutelage, including Rob Pannell who graduated from Cornell as the NCAA’s career leader in points (354).
Prior to his time as head coach, DeLuca served 11 seasons as both an assistant and associate head coach. Cornell made nine NCAA tournament appearances with the Rochester, New York native on staff, making two national semifinals appearances in 2007 and 2010, and earning a trip to the national championship game in 2009. DeLuca was named as the IMLCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.
Over his 16-year coaching career, DeLuca has recruited and developed more than a dozen first team All-Americans, two Tewarraton Award winners, seven Ivy League Player of the Year honorees, and 40-plus All-Ancient Eight selections. In addition, DeLuca has mentored a pair of Lt. Raymond Enners Award winners, an En. C.M. Kelly Award winner, a Schmeisser Cup award winner, three recipients of the Lt. J.G. Donald MacGlaughlin, Jr. Award, and two Jack Turnbull Award winners.
Promoted to associate head coach in 2007, DeLuca's efforts helped to guide the Big Red to nine NCAA Tournament appearances from 2004 to 2013. Cornell competed in four NCAA national semifinal games and a national championship game. The Big Red captured 10 Ivy League Championships in 11 years and achieved a record of 128-40 during that span. DeLuca was named as the IMLCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.
DeLuca has gained invaluable international coaching experience representing the United States as a member the U.S. Men’s National Team staff in 2014 and 2018.
DeLuca was a four-year letterwinner on defense for the Big Red, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional sciences and biochemistry in 1998. He was elected as a co-captain for his senior campaign in 1998, and was voted as the team’s Outstanding Senior Athlete for his leadership and dedication on and off the field.
A native of Rochester, New York, DeLuca is married to the former Laurie Tortorelli, a former All-American goalie for the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Delaware. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Anne.