Downtown Martinez Speaker Series Presents Randy Bennett of Saint Mary’s College

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An opportunity to hear from Randy Bennett, head coach of Saint Mary's College men's basketball, and how he has become the college's all-time winningest coach.

Highly successful collegiate basketball coach Randy Bennett of St. Mary’s College (SMC) will headline the third Downtown Martinez Speaker Series on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Willows Cabaret Theatre, 636 Ward Street in Martinez. Main Street Martinez and Shell Martinez refinery sponsor the Speaker Series.

Bennett, who is 208-112 (.650) in 10 seasons at SMC, recently signed a 10-year contract extension which will keep him in Moraga until the end of the 2020-21 season. Bennett is the college’s all-time winningest coach. In 94 basketball seasons before his arrival in 2001-02, the program won as many as 23 games just twice, and the Gaels were 2-27 the year before Bennett was hired.

En route to his school record for men’s basketball wins in his career, Bennett has averaged 20.8 wins per season at SMC. He tied the school record for wins in 2004-05 and 2007-08 with 25 and 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. Overall, Bennett has directed the team to three NCAA tournament bids -- the first coach in school history to secure more than one. The team finished the year with a 28-6 overall record and ended the year ranked No.19 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and 21 in the Associated Press Poll.

With the team’s 25 wins in 2010-11, Bennett has 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.

The event will be moderated by local newspaper and radio sports journalist Chuck Nan, a Martinez resident. Chuck is currently the Sports Editor for the Community Focus newspaper.

Tickets are limited. The cost is $15.00 per person and includes a post-event dessert reception with Randy at the Theatre. Purchase tickets online at or call (925) 228-3577.


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