Men's Hoops Hires Nick Bennett
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nick Bennett has been hired as an assistant men's basketball coach announced Head Coach Dave Balza. Bennett comes to FGCU after spending a season at Marquette as the Director of Basketball Technology.

"Nick will be a tremendous addition to our staff," stated Balza. "He is extremely knowledgeable. You add his great work ethic and energy and you have a tremendous young coach. He has a great personality and will work well here at FGCU."

Bennett went to Marquette after a season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The sharpshooting Bennett was a first-team All-American after the 2004-05 season when he led Stevens Point to their second consecutive Division III National Championship. As a junior at Stevens Point, he was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after scoring 30 points in the national championship game.

Bennett ranks third in school history with 1,646 career points and is the school's all-time leader with 232 three-pointers made. Bennett also ranks third in school history in career free throw percentage at 83.5 percent. He helped the Pointers to three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and captured NCAA Division III national championships in both his junior and senior seasons.

Bennett also has strong coaching ties in his family. His father, Jack, coached Stevens Point for nine seasons and guided the Pointers to consecutive Division III national championships. His uncle Dick is the former coach at UW-Green Bay, Wisconsin and Washington State while his aunt Kathi is the former head coach at Indiana. His cousin Tony is currently the head coach at Washington State and was named 2006-07 NCAA Division I National Coach of the year by several organizations.