Westlake’s Bennett to call it a career
Chaparrals coach will leave the sidelines after 30 stellar seasons.
Longtime Westlake volleyball coach Al Bennett will share something extra with his seniors this fall.
Just as for them, 2017 will bring Bennett’s final high school season.
This past weekend, the 62-year-old Bennett told his players and assistant coaches that he will retire after this season, his 30th at Westlake. Since he first stepped on campus in 1988, Bennett has guided the Chaparrals to four UIL state championships and 25 district titles. Westlake also has finished as the state runner-up on four occasions, including three straight losses to Amarillo in Class 5A finals in 2007-09.
Along the way, more than 75 of Bennett’s players have moved on to play college volleyball.
“I told my seniors that I’m one of them now,”
Al Bennett’s coaching career at Westlake has included four state championships, four runner-up finishes and 25 district titles. He announced to his players and coaching staff over the weekend that the 2017 season would be his last.