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Randy Bennett
Randy Bennett
In his 10 years as the head coach at Saint Mary’s, two-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year Randy Bennett has developed a program that has brought a level of excitement and expectation never before seen on the picturesque Moraga, Calif. campus.
 
During his tenure, Bennett has become the school's men's basketball all-time wins leader (208 victories), guided SMC to five post-season appearances (3 NCAA and 2 NIT), led the Gaels to their first post-season victories and had a player drafted (Patrick Mills, 2009) into the NBA for the first time since 1984. He has earned two WCC Coach of the Year honors and was named a USA Basketball assistant coach for the team that represented the USA at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships in Latvia.
 
With the team's 25 wins in 2010-11, Bennett guided the Gaels to four-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 four years, Saint Mary's has an 106-29 overall record for an .785 winning percentage. Bennett has led his teams to the post season five times, with three NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, 2008, and 2010) and the school's first two NIT appearances (2009 and 2011). No other SMC coach has guided his squad to more than one post-season appearance.
 
En route to his school record for men's basketball wins in his career, Bennett averages 20.8 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 mark 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 team accomplishments, Bennett has had 12 diffrent players earn All-WCC recognition, with a total of 17 first team and four honorable mention selections. In 2011, Mickey McConnell, a two-time all-WCC selection, was named the WCC Player of the Year - SMC's sixth ever and first since 1999.
 
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Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas
Head coach Paul Thomas enters his sixth season at Saint Mary's in 2011-12. Thomas is the eighth head coach in the program's 28-year history.
 
In his five seasons, Thomas has accumulated an 80-73 record at SMC and a career record of 315-231 in 19 years of coaching. In 2010-11, Thomas helped the Gaels reach the postseason for the second consecutive year, notching a 19-win season and advancing to the West Coast Conference tournament championship game. The WCC title game appearance was SMC's first since the 2000-01 season.
 
The 2009-10 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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