Barker’s Sean Benoit commits to Alfred University to play tennis

Contributed Story Posted 5 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Barker High senior Sean Benoit, who will be playing tennis at Alfred University, is shown seated here with his parents, Peter and Sue Benoit. Standing are Barker tennis Coach Mark Scofill, left, and Barker Athletic Director Dave Carson.

Barker High senior, Sean Benoit will follow in his brother Peter’s (’10 Barker, ’14 Alfred University) footsteps by attending Alfred University this fall as a member of the tennis team. Like Peter, Sean will also major in Ceramic Engineering.

Sean is a three time first team Niagara-Orleans All-League player, a two time Niagara-Orleans Doubles Champion, and he qualified for sectionals as a singles player this past spring. The Honorable Mention All-Western New York Scholar-Athlete was a member of two undefeated league championship teams, the 2013-14 basketball team and 2014 cross country team.

“Sean has a relentless work ethic on the court and he takes the same ‘nose to the grindstone’ approach to the classroom where he carries a 94.515 G.P.A,” notes Barker basketball Coach and Athletic Director Dave Carson.

“Sean is a coach’s dream. His work ethic, drive, attentiveness, and humility combine to make him a young athlete who is a joy to coach,” said Barker tennis Coach Mark Scofill. “Sean is one of those athletes who look for time and space outside the standard practice to further himself in his sport, seeking to learn and practice what is necessary to improve. Sean’s character on and off the court further makes him someone with whom any coach would be pleased. I expect great things from Sean at the next level, and look forward to seeing him develop in Alfred’s tennis program. It certainly has been a pleasure to coach him here at Barker.”

“Alfred University Men’s Tennis Team is looking forward to Sean becoming a player on our team and carrying on the tradition of quality tennis that his brother Peter brought to the program and hopefully Sean will fill a slot for us to assist in continuing our winning tradition,” said Alfred University head men’s tennis Coach Brian Friedland.