Fleur Benatar begins her third season as an assistant coach with the North Texas soccer program after serving as the director of operations in 2015. Benatar is a familiar face to the Mean Green. She is a former player (1996-97) and assistant coach (2000-01).
In 2017, Benatar helped lead the Mean Green to the program's 13th conference championship and fifth NCAA Tournament appearance. North Texas defeated Charlotte in the C-USA Tournament championship game to claim its fifth conference championship in just four years. The Mean Green owned the conference's top defense and one of the nation's best offenses, scoring 49 goals in 2017.
The Mean Green improved their NCAA-best undefeated home conference unbeaten streak to 44 by positing a 4-0-1 record in home conference matches in 2017. North Texas hasn't lost a home conference match since Oct. 31 2008 and are 41-0-3 during the streak.
In her second season at North Texas, Benatar helped lead the Mean Green to their third straight Conference USA regular-season conference title. The Mean Green went 9-1 in conference play, only the second time that a North Texas team has won nine league games. North Texas earned the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA Championship but ultimately lost in the semifinals.
Benatar has coaching experience throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area at the club level, with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and with US Soccer.
As John Hedlund’s assistant, Benatar helped lead the 2001 North Texas team to the regular-season Sun Belt Conference Championship and a 13-5 record.
Benatar left North Texas in 2001 to start up the women’s soccer program at TWU. In her 11 years as the head coach of the Pioneers, Benatar compiled an overall record of 63-119-23.
Under Benatar’s direction, 47 TWU soccer student-athletes received All-Lone Star Conference honors, six earned All-South Central Region honors, 13 were named to the All-Lone Star Conference Academic Team and 54 received Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She also coached back-to-back LSC Academic Players of the Year in Aly Vincent-Evans in 2008 and Jacqueline Horner in 2009.
Benatar has 21 years of experience coaching club soccer. She is currently the head coach of the Liberty FC 99 team. She also has worked with the Sting Soccer Club, the Solar Soccer Club and Liverpool FC America.
For the last three years, she has worked as a staff coach for Region III of the Olympic Development Program where she evaluated, coached and mentored top soccer players in the region.
Benatar is also involved with soccer at the national level. Since 2013, she has been a national team training coach at the US Soccer’s Dallas Training Center.
She holds a U.S.S.F. National “A” Coaching License and is a state-level course instructor.
A graduate of Richardson (Tex.) High School, Benatar played college soccer for two seasons at the University of Arkansas before transferring to North Texas in 1996.
She received her undergraduate degree in kinesiology from North Texas in 1999 and her master’s degree in kinesiology in May 2002.
Benatar and her husband, Will, have a daughter, Gabrielle and two sons, Fletcher and Phillip.