Monday, March 30, 2009

UVA Names Their New Basketball Coach

The Virginia Cavaliers basketball program has gone through some long times recently. They suffered through a 10-18 season this past year, marking the worst season in 30 years. Coach Dave Leitao turned in his resignation on March 16th after the dismal campaign. Since then, the Cavaliers have been searching for a new head man, and today they found their man.

Tony Bennett will be announced as the new head coach of the Virginia Men's Basketball team.
Right now we are waiting on an official announcement but according to sources close to the program Bennett will be announced as the new coach tomorrow at a press conference.

Bennet comes from Washington State where he went 16-13 this past season. Before that he took the Cougars to consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2008. Needless to say no UVA coach has done that in the past ten years.

Bennett, 38, played for his father, Dick, at Wisconsin-Green Bay. He served on his father's staff as an assistant at Wisconsin and later at Washington State. Bennett was named his father's successor and led the Cougars to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1984 in his first season in 2006-07.

Bennett will have his abilities tested at UVA when he takes over a program that is currently in shambles. While there are a few bright spots thanks to the Cavaliers young freshmen tandem in the back court, the rest of the team Bennett inherits will be rather bare bones.


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