West­lake’s Ben­nett to call it a ca­reer

Cha­parrals coach will leave the side­lines af­ter 30 stel­lar sea­sons.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Thomas Jones td­jones@states­man.com Ben­nett

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.

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