Virginia: Names Tony Bennett Their New Basketball Coach

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IMarch 30, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11:  Head Coach Tony Bennett of the Washington State Cougars instructs his team during their game against the Oregon Ducks at the Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Staples Center on March 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Virginia Cavaliers basketball program has gone through some tough 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 16 after the dismal campaign. Since then, the Cavaliers have been searching for a new head man, and today they found him.

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.

Bennett 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 Virginia 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 backcourt, the rest of the team Bennett inherits will be rather bare bones.

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