Former Wisconsin Badger assistant and Green Bay Phoenix standout Tony Bennett is leaving his job as head coach at Washington State and has been hired to try and turn around the Virginia basketball program.
Bennett replaces Dave Leitao, who resigned after four seasons, coming off a 10-18 season, their worst mark in 41 years.
Bennett posted a 68-30 record in three seasons with the Cougars. His first two teams made the NCAA Tournament, but this years team was eliminated in the first round of the NIT. Bennett was named the AP college coach of the year in 2007.
Bennett was an assistant for four seasons at Wisconsin before joining his father, Dick Bennett, at Washington State . Tony Bennett also played for his father at UW-Green Bay. He still ranks as the NCAA's all-time leader in three-point percentage (.497).