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Randy Bennett
Randy Bennett in 2012.jpg
Bennett at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in January 2012
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSaint Mary's
ConferenceWCC
Record487–201 (.708)
Biographical details
Born (1962-06-09) June 9, 1962 (age 60)
Mesa, Arizona
Playing career
1980–1982Mesa CC
1983–1985UC San Diego
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986San Diego (volunteer assistant)
1986–1988Idaho (graduate assistant)
1988–1996San Diego (assistant)
1996–1999Pepperdine (assistant)
1999–2001Saint Louis (assistant)
2001–presentSaint Mary's
Head coaching record
Overall487–201 (.708)
Tournaments5–8 (NCAA Division I)
7–7 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3x WCC tournament (2010, 2012, 2019)
3x WCC regular season (2011, 2012, 2016)
Awards
WCC Coach of the Year (2008, 2011, 2016, 2022)

Randall William Bennett (born June 9, 1962) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Saint Mary's College of California. He led the team to several second-place finishes and seven NCAA tournament appearances, culminating in regular season conference championships in 2011, 2012 and 2016 as well as WCC tournament championships in 2010, 2012 and 2019.

Early life and college playing career

Born in Mesa, Arizona, Bennett graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa and began his collegiate career at Mesa Community College, playing under his father Tom from 1980 to 1982. Bennett then transferred to the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego).[1][2] As a senior in the 1984–85 season, Bennett averaged 7.0 points and 1.5 rebounds.[3] Bennett graduated from UC San Diego in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in biology.[2]

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Coaching career

While completing his degree at UC San Diego, Bennett began his coaching career in the 1985–86 season as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego under Hank Egan.[2] Bennett then coached at Idaho under Tim Floyd from 1986 to 1988.[1] After two seasons at Idaho, Bennett returned to the University of San Diego and rejoined Egan's staff as an assistant coach. In 1994, Brad Holland replaced Egan and retained Bennett, until Bennett left in 1996 to be assistant at Pepperdine under Lorenzo Romar.[2]

In 1999, Bennett followed Romar to Saint Louis.[4]

Bennett became a head coach for the first time in 2001 when Saint Mary's College of California hired him. Inheriting a team that won only two games the previous season, Bennett improved his team's win–loss totals every season until 2004–05, when Saint Mary's went 25–9 with a berth in the NCAA tournament.[2][1] Bennett has led Saint Mary's to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2022 and National Invitation Tournament in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2021.[2]

Given this success, Bennett has been linked to several coaching jobs in higher profile conferences in recent years, most recently at California, Oregon State, Oregon, and Utah of the Pac-12.[5][6][1]

Coach Bennett signed a ten year extension with Saint Mary's Gaels through 2026–27.[7]

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Hank Egan

Hank Egan

Henry Patrick Egan Jr. is an American former basketball coach. He served as the head basketball coach at the United States Air Force Academy from 1971 to 1984 and the University of San Diego from 1984 to 1994, compiling a career college basketball record of 304–311. Egan subsequently worked an assistant coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the San Antonio Spurs from 1994 to 2002, the Golden State Warriors in 2002–03, and the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010. Gregg Popovich was an assistant coach under Egan at Air Force, while Egan was an assistant coach under Popovich with the Spurs.

Idaho Vandals men's basketball

Idaho Vandals men's basketball

The Idaho Vandals men's basketball team represents the University of Idaho, located in Moscow, Idaho, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They currently compete in the Big Sky Conference. The Vandals are currently coached by Zac Claus and play home games at the new Idaho Central Credit Union Arena. This venue, which also houses the women's basketball team, opened in 2021 as the replacement for the Vandals' primary home of the Kibbie Dome, whose basketball configuration was known as Cowan Spectrum, and alternate venue of Memorial Gym.

Brad Holland

Brad Holland

John Bradley Holland is a retired American professional basketball player. He played for four years at UCLA. He was a member of the 1980 Los Angeles Lakers championship team. He was the University of San Diego head basketball coach until March 2007. On April 25, 2007, he was named as one of three finalists to become the new head coach of UC Riverside's men's basketball program, but lost out to Jim Wooldridge. Holland served as an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara during the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 seasons.

Pepperdine Waves men's basketball

Pepperdine Waves men's basketball

The Pepperdine Waves men's basketball team is an American college basketball team that represents Pepperdine University in NCAA Division I, the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Waves compete in the West Coast Conference and are coached by Lorenzo Romar. The Waves have qualified for the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament 13 times. Thirty-one former Waves have been drafted by the NBA, and 17 former Waves have played in the NBA, including Dennis Johnson, an inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lorenzo Romar

Lorenzo Romar

Lorenzo Romar is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the head men's basketball coach at Pepperdine University, a position he held from 1996 to 1999 and resumed in 2018. Romar also served as the head men's basketball coach at Saint Louis University from 1999 to 2002 and the University of Washington from 2002 to 2017.

Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball

Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball

The Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Saint Louis University. They compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The head coaching position is currently held by Travis Ford. Chaifetz Arena is home to the Billikens. The Billikens have reached the championship game of the NIT tournament four times and have won it once (1948). They have appeared in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament ten times, most recently in 2019.

Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball

Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball

The Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball team represents Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, competing in the West Coast Conference of the NCAA. The team plays home games in the University Credit Union Pavilion, capacity 3,500; it is one of the smaller gyms in the WCC. The current head coach is Randy Bennett, who is the school's all-time wins leader. The Gaels have appeared in eleven NCAA Tournaments—1959, 1989, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019, and 2022.

2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament

2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament

The 2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 15, 2005, and ended with the championship game on April 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

National Invitation Tournament

National Invitation Tournament

The National Invitational Tournament (NIT) is a men's college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Played at regional sites and traditionally at Madison Square Garden in New York City each March and April, it was founded in 1938 and was originally the most prestigious post-season showcase for college basketball. The 2021 tournament, in which all games were played in Denton and Frisco, Texas, marked the first time that the NIT's semifinals and championship games were not hosted at Madison Square Garden; MSG won't play host to the games entirely starting in 2023.

California Golden Bears

California Golden Bears

The California Golden Bears are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Berkeley. Referred to in athletic competition as California or Cal, the university fields 30 varsity athletic programs and various club teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I primarily as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, and for a limited number of sports as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Over the course of the school's history, California has won team national titles in 13 men's and 3 women's sports and 111 team titles overall. Cal athletes have also competed in the Olympics for a host of different countries. Notable facilities used by the Bears include California Memorial Stadium (football) and Haas Pavilion. Cal finished the 2010–11 athletic season with 1,219.50 points, earning third place in the Director's Cup standings, the Golden Bears' highest finish ever. Cal did not receive any points for its national championships in rugby and men's crew because those sports are not governed by the NCAA. Cal finished 12th in the 2014-15 standings.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University

Oregon State University (OSU) is a public land-grant, research university in Corvallis, Oregon. OSU offers more than 200 undergraduate-degree programs along with a variety of graduate and doctoral degrees. It has the 10th largest engineering college in the nation for 2022. Undergraduate enrollment for all colleges combined averages close to 32,000, making it the state's largest university. Out-of-state students make up over one-quarter of undergraduates and an additional 5,500 students are engaged in graduate coursework through the university. Since its founding, over 272,000 students have graduated from OSU. It is classified among "Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Oregon, located in Eugene. The Ducks compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. With eighteen varsity teams, Oregon is best known for its American football team and track and field program, which has helped Eugene gain a reputation as "Track Town, USA". Oregon's main rivalries are with the Oregon State Beavers and the Washington Huskies.

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Saint Mary's Gaels (West Coast Conference) (2001–present)
2001–02 Saint Mary's 9–20 3–11 6th
2002–03 Saint Mary's 15–15 6–8 5th
2003–04 Saint Mary's 19–12 9–5 T–2nd
2004–05 Saint Mary's 25–9 11–3 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2005–06 Saint Mary's 17–12 8–6 T–2nd
2006–07 Saint Mary's 17–15 8–6 T–3rd
2007–08 Saint Mary's 25–7 12–2 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2008–09 Saint Mary's 28–7 10–4 2nd NIT quarterfinal
2009–10 Saint Mary's 28–6 11–3 2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2010–11 Saint Mary's 25–9 11–3 T–1st NIT first round
2011–12 Saint Mary's 27–6 14–2 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2012–13 Saint Mary's 28–7 14–2 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2013–14 Saint Mary's 23–12 11–7 4th NIT second round
2014–15 Saint Mary's 21–10 13–5 T–2nd NIT first round
2015–16 Saint Mary's 29–6 15–3 T–1st NIT quarterfinal
2016–17 Saint Mary's 29–5 16–2 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2017–18 Saint Mary's 30–6 16–2 2nd NIT quarterfinal
2018–19 Saint Mary's 22–12 11–5 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2019–20 Saint Mary's 26–8 11–5 T–3rd Postseason not held
2020–21 Saint Mary's 14–10 4–6 7th NIT first round
2021–22 Saint Mary's 26–8 12–3 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2022–23 Saint Mary's 6–0 0–0
Saint Mary's: 487–201 (.708) 244–93 (.724)
Total: 487–201 (.708)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 9, 2001, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 1, 2002 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Maryland Terrapins won their first NCAA national championship with a 64–52 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.

2002–03 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

2002–03 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2002–03 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2002, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 7, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Syracuse Orange and coach Jim Boeheim won their first NCAA national championship with an 81–78 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks.

2003–04 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

2003–04 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2003–04 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2003, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 5, 2004, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Connecticut Huskies won their second NCAA national championship with an 82–73 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2004, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament championship game on April 4, 2005 at the Edward Jones Dome in Saint Louis, Missouri. The North Carolina Tar Heels won their fourth NCAA national championship with a 75–70 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini.

2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament

2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament

The 2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 15, 2005, and ended with the championship game on April 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 6, 2005, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2006 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament championship game on April 3, 2006, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Florida Gators won their first NCAA national championship with a 73–56 victory over the UCLA Bruins. This was the final Final Four site at the RCA Dome. The Final Four will return to the city of Indianapolis, but will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.

2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 7, 2006, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2007 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament championship game on April 2, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Florida Gators successfully defended their national championship with an 84–75 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes.

2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 5, 2007 ended with the 2008 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament's championship game on April 7, 2008, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

2007–08 Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball team

2007–08 Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball team

{{2007–08 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings}} The 2007–08 Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball team represented Saint Mary's College of California in the 2007–08 college basketball season, coached by Randy Bennett for the 7th consecutive year. The Gaels competed in the West Coast Conference and played their home games at the McKeon Pavilion. They finished conference play with a record of 12–2 to place second. They reached the semifinal round of the 2008 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, but received an at-large bid to the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they entered as the No. 10 seed South Region. The Gaels were beaten by No. 7 seed Miami (FL) in the opening round to end their season 25–7.

2008 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament

2008 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament

The 2008 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2007–08 basketball season. The 70th annual edition of the tournament began on March 18, 2008, and concluded on April 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2008, and ended with the 2009 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament's championship game on April 6, 2009, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The season saw six different teams achieve the AP #1 ranking during the year. Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin was the dominant individual performer, sweeping National Player of the Year honors. The season began with North Carolina becoming the first unanimous preseason #1 team, and ended with the Tar Heels dominating the NCAA tournament en route to their fifth NCAA title. UNC won its six NCAA tournament games by double digits, and by an average of 19.8 points per game. Junior Wayne Ellington was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

2009 National Invitation Tournament

2009 National Invitation Tournament

The 2009 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 32 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. The 72nd annual tournament began on March 17 on campus sites and ended on April 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with Penn State winning the final 69–63 over Baylor.

Source: "Randy Bennett", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Bennett.

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References
  1. ^ a b c d Domingo, Oden (April 8, 2006). "Bennett's success puts name in rumor mill". Arizona Republic. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Randy Bennett". Saint Mary's College of California. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Final 1985 Men's Basketball Statistics Report - University of California, San Diego" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  4. ^ Hallisy, Erin (Spring 2007). "Coach For Life". Saint Mary's Magazine. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008.
  5. ^ "The Cal coaching search: Is St. Mary's Randy Bennett the right fit?". 3 April 2008.
  6. ^ Bryant West. "Gaels' Randy Bennett isn't going anywhere". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  7. ^ "Saint Mary's locks up Bennett to 10-year deal". 10 November 2017.
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