November 10, 2017 20:32 GMT by

Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett lands new 10-year contract

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Randy Bennett has been rewarded after successfully transforming the men’s basketball program at tiny Saint Mary’s College, receiving a new 10-year contract through the 2026-27 season.

Beginning his 17th season at the picturesque school outside San Francisco, Bennett has built mid-major Saint Mary’s into a West Coast Conference power and a regular player on the national stage – and the Gaels have won 29 games in each of the past two season.

Saint Mary’s lost to Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in March.

President James Donahue and new athletic director Michael Matoso made the contract announcement Friday, a day ahead of the Gaels’ season opener against Saint Francis at McKeon Pavilion. Bennett has developed a recruiting pipeline to Australia and has two senior Aussies and captains in the starting lineup this season – center Jock Landale and guard Emmett Naar.

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