Former Bulldog Coach Elected to Hall of Fame

Fresno, CA Bennett coached the Bulldogs from 1977-2002 and recorded 1,300 career wins. He guided the 'Dogs to 26-consecutive winning season and made two College World Series appearances in 1988 and 1991.

In 1988, Bennett led Fresno State to its first No. 1 ranking and was named the NCAA Coach of the Year. During his tenure, he won or shared 17 league titles and advanced to the NCAA Regional 21 times.

Bennett coached 31 players who reached the Major Leagues and in 2000 he won the ABCA's Lefty Gomez Award.

Joining Bennett in this year's class is Wally Kincaid, Dave Magadan, Alan Bannister, Eddy Furniss, Don Heinkel, George Sisler, B.J. Surhoff, Charles Teague and Richard Wortham.

Hall of Fame inductees are chosen based on the votes of more than 110 representatives from coast to coast. Voters include retired and active coaches, media members and previous inductees.

To be eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, players must have completed one year of competition at a two-year institution in the CCCAA or NJCAA or a four-year NCAA (Division I, II or III) or NAIA institution. Ballot-eligible coaches must have retired or be active and no less than 75 years old.

The 2010 inductees will be honored on July 1 as part of the College Baseball Foundation's annual celebration of both the past and present of college baseball from July 1 through July 3 in Lubbock, Texas.

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