Origines "Kiko" Benoit took over the head coaching duties for the Sharks in 2005. Kiko promptly won his first FCCAA State Championship in 2005 and led Miami Dade to a runner-up finish at the 2005 NJCAA National Championships.
In 2006 Kiko and his Lady Sharks captured the Southern Conference Championships, were the FCCAA State Championship runners-up, and made their second NJCAA Tournament Appearance. During the 2006 season, Kiko was also awarded Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the second time. In just two short seasons, Kiko has earned 57 victories, two Southern Conference Championships, and two Southern Conference Coach of the Year Awards.
Benoit is an integral part of Miami-Dade's national recognized women's volleyball team since 1994, dedicating countless hours, both coaching on the floor as well as coordinating recruiting efforts for the Lady Sharks.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Benoit's multicultural understanding has had a tremendous influence on our international players, who come from all across South America, helping them acclimate to Miami's diverse culture as well as to life in the United States, and element often overlooked by those outside the profession.
Because of his and our volleyball staff's tireless dedication, the Miami-Dade College Lady Sharks have won 16 consecutive Florida Community College Activities Association State and Southern Conference titles as well as six National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women's Volleyball National Championships since 1990. In his 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Miami Dade College, he compiled a 336-19 mark, and won four NJCAA National titles as well as being nhational runner-up six times.
In 2002, Benoit was selected as the AFLAC Southeastern Region "Assistant Coach of the Year." A 1990 graduate of American Senior High School, Benoit enjoys tennis and baseball and is a well-known fixture in local men’s volleyball leagues. He graduated from Miami Dade College and finished his bachelor’s of Science Degree in General Education, with a Minor in Psychology, from Columbia College Missouri. Benoit is married to wife, Olga, a former Miami Dade and Columbia College All-American setter.
James "Jimmy" Exley begins his fouth overall season as an assistant coach with the Miami Dade Women’s volleyball Program. Last season, he helped lead the Lady Sharks to a NJCAA National Runner-up Title. He was an assistant coach for the 1999 National Championship Team that went 34-0. Coach Exley is also in charge of recruiting for the team. Exley was the head boys volleyball coach at Miami Coral Park Senior High School from 2001-2007.
In 2003, he led the boys team to the FHSAA State Championships and placed third and repeated the same feat in 2007. His overall win-loss record at Coral Park was 161-31 in six seasons. The team won four District Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 and three Regional Championships in 2003 and 2007. He is the boys head coach for the Florida Sons 17s team. Coach Exley has been involved in numerous clinics and camps throughout South Florida.
Nataly Gutierrez, 31, is a former MDC middle blocker and volleyball standout, 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.