John E. Benington
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.
Head coaching record
|Drake Bulldogs (Missouri Valley Conference) (1956–1958)|
|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|
|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)|
|John E. Benington:||54–38 (.631)||32–24 (.571)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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