John E. Benington

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John E. Benington (December 31, 1921 – September 10, 1969[1]) was an American basketball coach.

The Findlay, Ohio native played college basketball for two seasons at the University of San Francisco, where he captained the squad that won the 1949 National Invitation Tournament under Pete Newell. He then became assistant basketball coach at Michigan State University (1950–1956) under Newell and Forddy Anderson.

He served a combined 14 seasons as head men's basketball coach at Drake University (1956–1958), St. Louis University (1958–1965) and Michigan State (1965–1969). He led Saint Louis to four NIT appearances including the finals of the 1961 NIT where they lost to Providence.

Benington died of a massive heart attack at age 47 after jogging.[2] He was found after hours in Jenison Fieldhouse by his wife and assistant coach.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Drake Bulldogs (Missouri Valley Conference) (1956–1958)
1956–57 Drake 8–16 4–10 8th
1957–58 Drake 13–12 4–10 8th
Drake: 21–28 (.429) 8–20 (.286)
Saint Louis Billikens (Big Ten Conference) (1958–1965)
1958–59 Saint Louis 20–6 10–4 3rd NIT First round
1959–60 Saint Louis 19–8 9–5 3rd NIT First round
1960–61 Saint Louis 21–9 7–5 T–3rd NIT Runner-up
1961–62 Saint Louis 11–15 5–7 5th
1962–63 Saint Louis 16–12 6–6 T–3rd
1963–64 Saint Louis 13–12 6–6 T–4th
1964–65 Saint Louis 18–9 9–5 T–2nd NIT First round
Saint Louis: 118–71 (.624) 52–38 (.578)
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1965–1969)
1965–66 Michigan State 15–7 10–4 2nd
1966–67 Michigan State 16–7 10–4 T–1st
1967–68 Michigan State 12–12 6–8 T–6th
1968–69 Michigan State 11–12 6–8 T–5th
John E. Benington: 54–38 (.631) 32–24 (.571)
Total: 299–203 (.596)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Seibold, Jack (October 1, 2003). The Spartan Sports Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-1-58261-219-5. 
  2. ^ "2016-17 Michigan State Spartans Media Guide" (PDF).