"Ben did a phenomenal job with the women's tennis program on an interim basis," said Santa Clara Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan. "He is highly respected by his fellow coaches and an excellent fit for our department. The players made great strides individually and as a team under his guidance last year and we believe he will continue to make this program stronger."
"I am very excited to be named the head coach at Santa Clara," said Cabell. "SCU is a great fit for me and I think that we have everything in place to build a great program. There is no limit as to how far this program can go so I am looking forward to continuing my work here."
Over his two seasons at the helm of the women's tennis program, Cabell has coached six All-West Coast Conference selections in Erika Barnes, Kim Daniel, Myra Davoudi, Casey Knutson, Lindsay McBride and Carmen Pham. In 2007, Daniel became Cabell's first ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and WCC All-Academic honoree.
"I'm very proud of the players I've had the chance to work with," said Cabell. "They have been supportive of me and the program from the start. I'm very fortunate to have worked with such quality individuals and athletes."
Despite finishing the 2007-08 season with a 5-18, the Broncos made vast improvements both individually and as a team. Seniors Davoudi and McBride teamed up to become a threat in every doubles match, while freshman Pham stepped up and contributed points in singles and doubles right from the start.
Santa Clara made out with a number of big wins during Cabell's first official season. In the beginning of women's dual action, the Broncos defeated then-No. 22 UC Santa Cruz, 6-1. Later in February, the Broncos dominated the San Jose State Spartans in a Rivalry Series match, 6-1. Nearing the end of the regular season, the team fell in a WCC road match against Portland but faced the Pilots again in the WCC Championships and came out with a clutch win, 4-3, to put the Broncos in position for fifth place. While at the conference championships, Pham prevented a sweep by then-No. 18 Pepperdine in the first round match-up as she defeated Anete Bandere at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-2). It was the first time since 1995 that a Bronco won a singles match against the Waves.
In 2006-07, Cabell led the Broncos to an 8-12 mark in the dual season, including wins over San Francisco, San Jose State and previously unbeaten Fresno Pacific. The Broncos peaked at the end of the year with an excellent performance at the WCC Championships. After losing in the first round, SCU defeated Portland to move into the fifth-place match against USF. The Broncos ended up splitting fifth with the Dons after rains cancelled the match with SCU leading in the day's final match.
Cabell's vast knowledge and solid coaching style helped a number of players have standout campaigns in 2007. Under his tutelage, seniors Barnes and Knutson were named All-WCC Second Team in doubles, as they put together one of the top doubles seasons in school history. The pair tied the school record for wins with 16, while also pulling out a number of memorable victories. Barnes and Knutson defeated the nation's No. 39 team of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State 9-7 in one of the program's biggest wins ever. Knutson and fellow senior Kim Daniel both earned All-WCC honors and finished in the top 10 all-time in singles wins at SCU.
Prior to taking over as interim head coach last year, Cabell spent the two seasons as an assistant under Damon Coupe. He was involved in training on the court, while also serving as the strength and conditioning coach. He has also worked as an assistant pro at the Los Altos Golf & Tennis Club.
As a player, Cabell began his collegiate career at Foothill College before transferring to San Diego State University. He also spent time at Santa Clara as a member of the men's tennis team. He still competes in a number of local tournaments and played competitively in challenger matches and tournament qualifiers for professional tournaments following his collegiate career.