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Randy Bennett
Randy Bennett
In nine years as the head coach at Saint Mary's, the 2008 Co-West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and 2010 Sporting News WCC Coaching of the Year, Randy Bennett, has brought the excitement back to the program. During his tenure, he's become the school's all-time wins leader (183 victories), guided SMC to four post-season appearances (3 NCAA and 1 NIT), led the Gaels to their first post-season victory (2 wins in the 2009 NIT), and had a player drafted (Patrick Mills, 2009) by the NBA for the first time since 1984.
 
With the team's 28 wins in 2009-10, Bennett guided the Gaels to three straight 25-win seasons, and is the only coach in school history to lead teams to back-to-back 20-win campaigns. Over the last three years, Saint Mary's has an 81-20 overall record for an 80.2 winning percentage, the best percentage on the West Coast and the fifth best percentage in the country. Bennett has led his teams to the post season four times, with three NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, 2008, and 2010) and the school's first ever NIT appearance (2009). No other SMC coach has guided his squad to more than one post-season appearance.
 
En route to his school record for wins in his career, Bennett averages 20.3 wins per season at Saint Mary's. He tied the school record for wins in 2004-05 and 2007-08 with 25, then in 2008-09 and 2009-10, his teams set a new school record with 28 wins, including two wins in the 2009 National Invitational Tournament, marking the first post-season wins for SMC since 1959. In 2010, Bennett led the Gaels to a Sweet 16 finish with wins over Richmond and Villanova, marking the first NCAA Tournament wins in 51 years.
 
In addition to the team accomplishments, Bennett has had 15 players garner All-West Coast Conference recognition, with 12 first team and three honorable mention selections. Additionally, he's had four players garner the WCC Defensive Player of the Year award, Anthony Woodards (2003), Diamon Simpson (2008 & 2009) and Omar Samhan (2010), and Patrick Mills was selected as the 2008 WCC Newcomer of the Year. Click here for full bio
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Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas
Head coach Paul Thomas enters his fifth season at the helm of the Saint Mary's women's basketball program. Saint Mary's Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced the hiring of Paul Thomas as the new head women's basketball coach at Saint Mary's College on August 9, 2006. Thomas became the eighth head coach in the program's 28-year history.
 
In four seasons, Thomas has accumulated a 61-60 overall record, a 33-23 mark in West Coast Conference play, and has an overall career record of 296-218 in 18 seasons of coaching.
 
Last season was a break-through year for the Gaels as they posted the most wins (21) since the 2000-01 season and the 12 conference wins was the most by an SMC squad in 20 years. The Gaels finished the regular season in second-place and hosted a WNIT game against Utah. Thomas produced his second consecutive WCC Defensive Player of the Year award as Louella Tomlinson repeated as top defender. The Gaels also had two players selected to the WCC All-Freshman team (Kate Gaze and Tifa Puletasi).
 
In 2008-09, the Gaels' defense led the WCC in blocks (212) and rebounds, both offensively (483) and defensively (820). Thomas also produced his first WCC Defensive Player of the Year in Louella Tomlinson, the third player all-time in Saint Mary's history. Thomas' Gaels advanced to the second round of the West Coast Conference Tournament for the first time in four seasons, as they defeated Loyola Marymount in their opening game.
 
The 2007-08 season was an important year for the women's basketball program, as they made great strides and improved their RPI by 56 spots from the year before. In addition to lowering their RPI, the Gaels participated in a much stronger West Coast Conference, as the WCC finished as the eighth strongest Division I conference.
 
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