Girls Basketball Coaching Staff
Varsity Head Coach
Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer Stan Benge begins his seventh season heading up the Roncalli Lady Rebels basketball program. He has a 106-45 record through his first six seasons at Roncalli. During his tenure at Roncalli, his teams have won sectional, regional, Marion County and Circle City Conference titles.
Benge built his hall of fame career over 26 seasons at Ben Davis High School. His career record of 625-171 (.785), ranks fourth all-time in wins among Indiana girls high school basketball coaches and second among active coaches. He became just the fourth coach in Indiana girls high school basketball history to win 600 games when Roncalli posted a 54-27 win at Crispus Attucks on November 16, 2017. He led the Lady Giants to four state titles (2000, 2001, 2009, 2010) and is one of only four girls’ basketball coaches in IHSAA history to win four titles. From 2008 through 2011, Benge coached Ben Davis to an unprecedented run of success. The 2008-09 team finished 30-0, capturing not only the Class 4A state title, but the USA Today National Championship as well. As a result, Benge was named the 2009 Naismith National Coach of the Year. The 2009-10 squad finished 28-0 and won another Class 4A state title, becoming the first basketball program (boys or girls) in state history to have back-to-back undefeated championship seasons. Benge was named the 2010 National Coach of the Year by Max Preps. The following season, Ben Davis won 23 straight games before falling in the regional final. The program won 81 consecutive games over the three seasons, which is the longest winning streak in Indiana high school basketball history (boys or girls).
Benge, a 1976 graduate of Marian College, filled the trophy cases at Ben Davis with 22 sectional titles, 11 regional titles, five semi-state crowns and four state titles. He coached the Lady Giants to 10 Marion County Tournament titles, including four straight from 2007 through 2010.
Tim Crissman embarks upon his ninth season with the Lady Rebels basketball program. He joined the staff prior to the 2011-12 season after coaching middle school basketball for 12 years in the CYO and Rebel club programs. In his first two seasons in the Roncalli program, he worked with two different head coaches – Sara Riedeman (2011-12) and April McDivitt Schilling (2012-13). Crissman played high school basketball at Valparaiso High School and went on to play collegiately at Purdue North Central.
Crissman began his teaching career at Roncalli teaching biology and AP biology. Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, he was elevated to Roncalli’s dean of students. Outside of Roncalli, Crissman is a licensed IHSAA football official and an avid cyclist.
Denise McClanahan enters her seventh year coaching at Roncalli. McClanahan has 23 years of experience as a varsity head coach. She won 236 games in 22 seasons at Southport High School from 1987 to 2009. While at Southport, she won four sectional titles (1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993) and two Marion County Tournament titles (1990, 1995). McClanahan was named Marion County Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1995. She has served as an assistant coach for the Indiana All-Stars (2002), the Indiana Junior All-Stars (2000) and as a head coach in the City/County All-Star Game (1995).
After a standout playing career at Perry Meridian, McClanahan played collegiately and earned her B.S. in physical education from IUPUI and a master’s in physical education with sports administration from Indiana University. McClanahan currently teaches at Southport Middle School.
JV Head Coach
Jason Sims is in his second year with the Lady Rebel basketball program and his first as the head coach of the JV team. He is a 1996 graduate of Eminence High School, where he was a four-year letterman on the varsity basketball team. Sims played collegiately for two seasons at Vincennes University under legendary coach Dan Sparks. While playing with the Trailblazers, he won the Jane Anne Whitemore Mr. Hustle Award two years in a row and played alongside future NBA All-Star Shawn Marion. Sims finished his playing career at Marian University under head coach John Grimes and was named a tri-captain his senior year. Sims has a record of 54-12 as a girls varsity basketball coach at Eminence and was named Tri-River Conference Coach of the Year twice in that span. Sims also serves as Roncalli’s assistant athletic director.
Jenny Carroll enters her third season with the Lady Rebel basketball program and her first working at the JV level. She played high school basketball at Gordon Tech in Chicago, collecting two regional championships. She earned her B.S in chemistry from Purdue University in 2016. She teaches chemistry, integrated chemistry and physics at Roncalli. She also assists with the Roncalli girls cross country team.
Bob Susemichel enters his 12th season working with the Lady Rebel program. He has spent time with both the freshman and JV teams, including six as the freshman head coach. He also logged two seasons as the JV head coach. Susemichel is a 1984 graduate of Roncalli. He and his wife Alice have two children. Ben is a 2012 graduate of Roncalli and recently graduated from pharmacy school at the University of Kentucky and Matt is a 2017 Roncalli graduate and is in his junior year at the University of Kentucky studying accounting and finance. Besides his duties during the winter, Susemichel is the team statistician for the Rebel football program and occasionally calls games on the Rebel Media Network.