Ben Cullen joined the Trine University football staff prior to the start of the 2017 season and will serve as the Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator
In his first season, Cullen was part of a defensive coaching staff that helped Trine lead the nation in turnovers gained (37), third in turnover margin (1.5) and tied for sixth in interceptions (23). In addition, the Thunder defense led the MIAA in scoring defense (allowing just 12.8 points per game) during the regular season. Trine recorded 21 sacks, including 6.5 sacks by first-team All-MIAA defensive lineman Me'Leick Miles who became the program's all-time leader in sacks (20.5).
On special teams, Trine led the MIAA, and ranked 10th in NCAA Division III, in punt return average at 15.6 yards per game. The Thunder also ranked second in the conference (third in NCAA) in kickoff returns with a 26.2 yards per return average. The team returned two kicks for TD (one punt and one kick) with wideout Jeffery Barnett earning first-team All-MIAA honors as a return specialist for the second straight year. Trine converted seven-of-12 field goal attempts (58.3 percent) and 68-of-72 extra points (94.4 percent). The Thunder's 68 made extra points were a single-season record.
Cullen came to Trine following a one-year stay at NCAA Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. While there, he was the defensive line coach and equipment coordinator. He was also responsible for recruiting the areas of Western Kentucky and parts of Indiana.
Prior to Kentucky Wesleyan, Cullen served as an assistant at Hanover College from 2012-15. He coached in different roles at the college from defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, linebacker coach, defensive line coach, offensive coordinator, and offensive line coach.
Cullen also coached in short stints at Fort Lewis (Colo.) College and Marian University from 2007-12. From 1999-2007, Cullen held multiple coaching roles at Anderson University. He spent six seasons alone as the Defensive Coordinator from 2001-07.
Cullen’s first coaching job was in 1998 at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis as an Assistant Offensive Line Coach.
Cullen is a 1996 graduate of the University of Indianapolis where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and was also a four-year player and two-year starter on the football team on the offensive and defensive lines.