THE JACK BENNETT AWARD

2017 Jack Bennett Award

April 4, 2017

2017 JACK BENNETT AWARD

PHOENIX, AZ -- South Suburban College’s John Pigatti is the recipient of the 2017 Jack Bennett award. 

Pigatti continues to excel at South Suburban College in Illinois. He led the program to the NJCAA Division II Final Four for the second consecutive season and was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Junior College Division II and Region IV-B Coach of the Year for the eighth time in 11 seasons at the school. Pigatti’s squad finished the season with a 23-12 record. They have compiled a 313-55 mark during his tenure. 

“All Coach Pigatti does is win and he does it the right way,” said CollegeInsider.com’s Angela Lento. “He should be a Division I head coach right now. The guy can coach.”

Last season, he coached Jovan Mooring, who was named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Year.

The Jack Bennett Award, which represents winning with integrity, is named in honor of former head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Bennett won five Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, made five NCAA tournament appearances and won two national championships. He’s the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 200-56 record. In 34 seasons as head coach he compiled a record of 480-175.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jack Bennett Award, which represents winning with integrity, is named in honor of former head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
Bennett won five Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, made five NCAA tournament appearances and won two national championships. He’s the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 200-56 record. In 34 seasons as head coach he compiled a record of 480-175.
 
The recipient of the 2021 award will be announced on March 31.

The Jack Bennett award committee is a 21 member panel, consisting of 12 current or retired coaches, three members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members.  Former Wisconsin-Stevens Point head coach Jack Bennett is the chairman of the award committee.
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Jack Bennett award is presented annually to a non-division I head coach who achieves success on the basketball court, while displaying great moral integrity off of the court as well, as voted on by the awards committee.  Coaches at the division II, division III, NAIA and JUCO ranks are eligible for the award.
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
March: Finalists for Jack Bennett Award announced
March 30: Jack Bennett Award announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The 2018 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet will take place on March 30 in San Antonio, TX
 

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