Tuesday , Feb , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Dick Bennett to retire as Washington State’s head coach

Pullman, WA (Sports Network) – Washington State men’s basketball coach Dick
Bennett announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season.

His son and current assistant coach, Tony, will take over the team. Tony
Bennett spent the last three seasons at Washington State, including the last
two as associate head coach. He came to Washington State from Wisconsin where
he spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Badgers.

“I can’t tell you how much of a privilege and an honor it is for me to follow
in the footsteps of my father,” Tony Bennett said. “Everywhere he has gone,
there have been two things that have been consistent when he has rebuilt
programs. People have always said they have been full of integrity and
passion. There’s no question that is what I want to carry on.”

Dick Bennett led the Cougars to a 36-46 record in his three seasons at the
helm. His previous stop was Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to a Final
Four appearance before stepping down during the 2000-01 campaign.

For his career, Dick Bennett has a mark of 490-303 in his stints with
Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin and Washington State.

“Obviously coach Bennett’s resignation at the end of this year is not a
surprise,” WSU athletic director Jim Sterk said. “As is typical of Dick, he
has been open and honest about his intentions all year long. In fact, Tony and
I know the tougher the game, the more he told us of his intentions. In fact,
he would often tell perfect strangers who asked the question. So, it is no
secret what we’re doing here today.”

There are two games remaining on the regular-season schedule for the Cougars,
who are currently 11-14 overall and 4-12 in the Pac-10.