Tony Bennett , two-time National and ACC Coach of the Year enters his ninth year as the men’s head basketball coach at the University of Virginia.
The Cavaliers have amassed a 188-83 (.694) record in eight seasons under Bennett‘s direction. The Cavaliers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons and made their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance since 1995 in 2016. Virginia has won 29 or more games in three of the last four seasons, including a school-record tying 30 wins in 2014 and 2015.
The Cavaliers captured back-to-back outright ACC regular-season titles in 2014 and 2015, won the 2014 ACC Tournament title and earned a No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press poll, marking Virginia’s highest ranking since 1982-83. UVA earned No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2016 and was a No. 2 seed in 2015.
With a career record of 257-116, Bennett became the 15th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 200 career-win mark in fewer than nine seasons. He is the only current Division I coach to have defeated all five of the active Hall of Fame coaches (Jim Boeheim, Larry Brown, Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino and Roy Williams) during his career.
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Bennett played for his father at Green Bay from 1989-92. He graduated from Green Bay in 1992 and finished his career as the Mid-Continent Conference‘s all-time leader in career points (2,285) and assists (601). His 49.7 career 3-point field goal percentage is still an NCAA record. Bennett helped the Phoenix to an 87-34 record during his collegiate career, including one NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances. He was twice named MCC Player of the Year, was the 1992 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner (best senior player under six-feet tall) and was the 1992 GTE Academic All-American of the Year. Bennett was the 35th overall selection in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets and played with the team for three seasons.