Ben Kredich Honored During Tennessee’s Tri-Meet With Florida & Kentucky In Knoxville

The University of Tennessee is using Friday’s SEC showdown with Florida and Kentucky as an opportunity to honor the late Ben Kredich, the son of Volunteers’ head coach Matt Kredich who tragically died in August after he was struck by an impaired driver.

Tennessee’s swimmers are donning special caps to honor Ben, which were designed by his twin brother, Miles, who previously swam for the Savannah College of Art of Design (SCAD) and was a two-time NAIA national champ in the 200 fly.

The team also shared the following video honoring Ben:

Ben’s mother, Kim Kredich, noted that it’s fitting that Ben is being honored during this specific meet with the Gators and Wildcats, as Kentucky head coach Bret Lundgaard is close to the Vols program after serving as an assistant coach at Tennessee from 2012 until 2017, while Florida’s entire team and staff sent the Kredich family “an actual tree” and a card shortly after Ben’s death.

“The entire swim community has been awesome,” Kim said. “The whole meet has been dedicated to celebrating Ben’s life and time at this pool in particular.

Ben, who was 24 at the time of his death, left behind a lasting legacy that included advocating for disabled student housing at Tennessee, where he was enrolled in the FUTURE program. The program, which Kredich graduated from in 2021, is designed for students with developmental disabilities, and his advocacy helped provide students the opportunity to live on their own for the first time.

The tri-meet got underway at 11:00 am ET on Friday.

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Steve Friederang
6 months ago

What a cool tribute and legacy. I pray all the tie for my son and daughter, but in general that they will be “other” centered as was Ben. Matt has so much to be proud of but must also say he must be a great dad to have raised this amazing person who was loved and respected by so many. God bless you Matt and your family. I know you look forward to getting back together in Heaven.

kazoo
6 months ago

Amazing, beautiful video that so well captures an obviously special young man and program. Go Vols!

Scott VanKuilenburg
6 months ago

SO AWESOME! VOL PROUD!!

VFL
6 months ago

Love this 🥲

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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