Bennett stepping down after six years at Mid-Continent


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Winston Bennett announced today that he is resigning as head men’s basketball coach at Mid-Continent University.  Coach Bennett intends to continue to pursue his passion as an author and Christian motivational speaker, and does not rule out coaching again in the future.
The resignation is effective June 30.
Bennett’s record during his six seasons as the Cougar coach is 91-103.  Bennett worked to change the culture of Mid-Continent basketball team, going from a team that was usually an easy win on a schedule to a competitive NAIA program.  In 2010 he led the team to a 24-12 record, finishing third in the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament.  Coach Bennett was the Trans South Conference Coach of the Year in 2010.  
Coach Bennett wasn’t afraid to challenge his team to tough competition and in 2010 played Florida State University from the highly regarded Atlantic Coast Conference.  It was a formidable challenge for a small NAIA school.  Mid-Continent also played other Division I schools, including Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University.  
“Coach Bennett led our program to a higher level that we can build on in the future,” MCU President Robert Imhoff said. “I understand his desire to continue the ministry he shares with his wife, Peggy. 
“Anyone who has heard him speak knows that he is a talented speaker with a passion for ministry,” Imhoff continued. “Peggy is a talented Christian singer who is a great partner. I am pleased he is using his talents and popularity as a former University of Kentucky basketball player to help win the lost to Christ. That fits right in with our mission at Mid-Continent University.”
 “I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to coach the young men of Mid-Continent University,” Coach Bennett said.  “Together we have accomplished unprecedented feats.  I am very proud of what my teams have helped me accomplish, both on and off the court, during my tenure at Mid-Continent.  I will miss Mid-Continent, but I also look forward to new challenges and opportunities that await me and my family in the future.”
Bennett previously served as head coach of Kentucky State University and as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky and the Boston Celtics. He was named Mr. Kentucky Basketball when he graduated from Male High School in Louisville in 1983. He played his college ball at the University of Kentucky from 1983-88 where he was an all-conference player, and played in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.
In 2011 Bennett published a book, “Fight for Your Life,” in which he wrote about the temptations that went along with being a high-profile college and professional basketball player and coach. He discusses the importance of having a strong family support group in overcoming problems.
From: Mid-Continent University
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