Former Phoenix Coach Dick Bennett to Serve as Adviser

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: July 24, 2013
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Article Image
Courtesy: -
Dick Bennett served as the head coach at Green Bay for 10 seasons.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( – Former Green Bay men’s basketball head coach and Phoenix Hall of Famer Dick Bennett will serve as an adviser to head coach Brian Wardle and the men’s basketball program beginning in 2013-14.

“Phoenix Hall of Famer and legendary coach Dick Bennett has been a great mentor and supporter of mine since I became the head coach at Green Bay,” said Wardle. “I am excited that during the 2013-14 season he will be serving as an adviser to our coaching staff.”

Bennett served as the head coach at Green Bay from 1985-95 and posted a record of 187-109. Under Bennett, the Phoenix won two conference championships and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament. He was inducted into the Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2002.

“One of my favorite phrases that I use with our team is “strengthen your strengths and improve your weaknesses,” and having Coach Bennett around our program provides a valuable opportunity for all of us to do that while learning from one of the best. Personally,” Wardle said. “I am looking forward to continuing to learn from one of the all-time great college basketball coaches.”

In his career, Bennett served as a head coach for 28 seasons and won 316 combined games while at the helm of UW-Stevens Point, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Washington State. His teams appeared in six NCAA Tournaments at the Division I level. This past April at the NCAA Final Four, Bennett was honored with the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award at the 17th Annual Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast.

“I was extremely excited to hear that Chancellor Harden had chosen Dick Bennett as the advisor,” said Interim Director of Athletics Dan McIver. “Coach Bennett has always been dedicated to this program and his willingness to serve in this capacity is another example of that dedication. Coach Wardle and his staff are building a strong, competitive basketball program, and having Coach Bennett involved will provide a valuable asset to the program moving forward.”

Bennett’s son Tony, Green Bay’s all-time leading scorer and a Phoenix Hall of Famer, is the head coach of Virginia. The Cavaliers will visit the Resch Center to take on Green Bay this season on Saturday, Dec. 7.


For the latest and most up-to-date information on Green Bay Athletics, please visit

Follow us on Twitter: @GBPhoenix, @GBPhoenixMBB and @GBGavin.

Like Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball and Green Bay Phoenix Athletics on Facebook.
Schedule Sponsor
Friday , January 30
Men's Tennis 
at No. 49 Minnesota
11:00 AM
Minneapolis, Minn.
Sunday , February 01
Men's Tennis 
vs. UW-Whitewater
9:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , February 06
Men's Tennis 
at Western Michigan
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo, Mich.
Saturday , February 07
Men's Tennis 
10:00 AM
Kalamazoo, Mich. (Western Michigan)
Sunday , February 08
Men's Tennis 
at Detroit
Detroit, Mich.
Friday , February 13
Men's Tennis 
vs. Toldeo
6:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , February 15
Men's Tennis 
vs. DePaul
10:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , February 22
Men's Tennis 
at Marquette
12:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
Saturday , February 28
Men's Tennis 
Louisville, Ky.
Men's Tennis 
at No. 73 Louisville
Louisville, Ky.
Sunday , March 01
Men's Tennis 
at Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
Saturday , March 07
Men's Tennis 
at Wisconsin
11:00 AM
Madison, Wis.
Tuesday , March 17
Men's Tennis 
at Fresno State
Fresno, Calif.
Saturday , March 21
Men's Tennis 
at University of California-Irvine
1:00 PM
Irvine, Calif.
Friday , March 27
Men's Tennis 
at No. 40 Drake
4:00 PM
Des Moines, Iowa



Fleet Farm
Packers Shop
S&L Motors
Ticket Star
Gallagher's Pizza
Buffalo Wild Wings
United Press
Weidner Center
Fox Communities Credit Union
Country Inn Suites
Diamonds & Golds
Renards Cheese