|2007-08 Women's Basketball|
||HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)
Nashville, Tenn. (David Lipscomb HS)
While longevity in a sports program at a single institution is not all that common, Bennett has spent more than a quarter of a century with the Lady Bisons program.
This will be Bennett[apos]s 28th season as head coach of the Lady Bisons. He has an overall record of 547-323, a .629 winning percentage. It is the only head coaching job he has ever held.
During his tenure the Lady Bisons have been an NAIA national power, dealt with the transition period from the NAIA to NCAA Division I and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in the program[apos]s first year of eligibility, a history making feat.
Coach Bennett guided the Lady Bisons to the NCAA Midwest Regional in 2004, marking the first time a Division I team has accomplished that feat in its first year of eligibility.
He earned his 500th win in a thrilling 66-65 victory February 20, 2003 at Texas-Pan American. He has earned several additional distinctions during his Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year 2003 NCAAcareer including:
Division I Independent Coach of the Year
2002 selection to the NAIA Hall of Fame
1999 WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year
One of six finalists for the 1997 WBCA NAIA Coach of the Year
1997 TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year
1996 WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year
1994 Tennessee Sportswriters Association College Coach of the Year
1986 and 1994 TCAC Coach of the Year
Coach Bennett produced All-American players the last 12 years in the NAIA, and 13 out of the last 14 years the Lady Bisons were part of the NAIA.
Since he is equally concerned with classroom performance, nine Lady Bisons have been named All-American Scholar Athletes throughout Bennett[apos]s coaching career. All Lady Bisons who have completed their senior year of eligibility have graduated.
An admirer of former legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, Coach Bennett is the author of a children[apos]s book, The Illustrated Rules of Basketball.
When he[apos]s not coaching, teaching or spending time with his family, Bennett enjoys weightlifting.
Before taking on the Lady Bison program, Bennett served as head coach of the David Lipscomb High School girls[apos] team. While at DLHS, Bennett compiled an impressive 109-23 record, including two straight state tournament appearances. In 1979, he was selected as Nashville Interscholastic League Coach of the Year after the team finished as TSSAA Class-A runner-up.
Coach Bennett attended Lipscomb from kindergarten through college. He is a 1969 graduate of DLHS and a 1973 graduate of Lipscomb University. He earned two master[apos]s degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (1979) and the University of Evansville (1983).
He taught mathematics for three years and computer science for 17 years at Lipscomb University until the move to the NCAA Division I for the 1999-2000 school year when he stepped down from his teaching duties.
While in college at Lipscomb, Bennett lettered four years on the men[apos]s tennis team and was the assistant basketball coach for DLHS.
Coach Bennett and his wife, Jan, have three children: Franklin (married to the former Reid Harrell), Lee, and Laura.
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