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Tony Bennett (Basketball Coach)
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Basketball Coach
    (June 1, 1969- )
    Born in Clintonville, Wisconsin
    Attended University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
    Two-time Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year (1991-92)
    Played for the Charlotte Hornets (1992-95)
    Head coach for Washington State (2006-09) and the University of Virginia
    He is 5’11 but claims to be six feet tall.
    Foot injuries cut his NBA career short.
    At Washington State, he was assistant to his father, Dick Bennett, then replaced him as head coach.
    He tends to show up for games as late and as stealthily as possible.
    He collapsed from dehydration during a NCAA tournament game (March 17, 2016), triggering a flurry of tweets and alarm among fans of the singer who shares his name.
    His teams have a history of not living up to their rankings during March Madness.
    Most notably, he coached Virginia during its opening round loss to UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), the first time a #1 seed lost to a #16 seed.
    He has been called a ‘vocal but not pushy’ Christian.
    He was described by the Washington Post as having ‘average talent but an unholy work ethic.’
    As a player, he set the NCAA career record for three-point field goal accuracy (49.7%).
    He is the first coach since John Wooden to win the US Basketball Writers Association’s Henry Iba Award for best college basketball coach more than twice (2007,2015,2018).
    He has a reputation for emphasizing the personal development of players, with a rival coach saying that he ‘gets the bigger picture that it's more than just basketball.’
    He set the single-season win records at both Washington State (26 in 2007) and Virginia (31 in 2018).
    He took Virginia to #1 in the country in a season where they had been predicted to finish 6th in the Atlantic Coast Conference (2018).
    After the historic loss to UMBC, he said, ‘You enjoyed the good times and you gotta be able to take the bad times. When you step into the arena...the consequences can be historic losses, tough losses, great wins, and you have to deal with it.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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