THE JACK BENNETT AWARD

2020 Jack Bennett Award

March 26, 2020

THE 2020 AWARD

BOSTON, MA -- Wisconsin-Platteville head coach Jeff Gard is the recipient of the 2019-20 Jack Bennett Award, which represents winning with integrity and is named in honor of the former head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Now in his 11th season, Gard led the Pioneers to a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. Before earning an at large bid, the Pioneers clinched the outright WIAC regular season title, which was a second in three seasons, a 21st in program history, and a 14th outright championship. Gard was also named WIAC Coach of the Year.

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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