Saint Mary's signs coach Bennett to five-year extension

Updated: August 19, 2003, 7:48 PM ET

MORAGA, California - Saint Mary's basketball coach Randy Bennett, who has experienced limited success in two seasons at the school, was rewarded Tuesday with a five-year contract extension.

Terms of the deal, which runs through the 2007-08 season, were not disclosed.

In his first two seasons, Bennett has guided the Gaels to a 24-35 record. Last season, they went 15-15 and reached the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament for the second straight year.

"I will always be extremely grateful to Saint Mary's College for giving me the opportunity to coach here, and I am appreciative of the support and the commitment that has been made as we continue to build the men's basketball program," Bennett said.

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