K-12 school honors former NBA star, honors former coach


Cleveland high school basketball coach Keith Bennett has been named the 2017-18 High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year.

Bennett was named coach of the year after leading the Jackson High School Warriors to a state title game win over Central Washington.

Bennett was named the coach of one of the nation’s top high school programs in 2018.

Bennett led Jackson to a 25-7 regular season record and reached the semifinals of the 2018 National Championship Game.

Jackson, a city of 6,500 people in central Washington, is a private school in the city’s northern suburbs.

Bennett is the seventh coach in Jackson history and the fourth head coach in the state.

He took over the program in 2018 and led Jackson from an 8-4 record to a 27-4 mark.

His squad finished ninth in the WNBA, its best finish in the program’s history.

Brenton was a four-time NBA All-Star who led the Detroit Pistons to an NBA title in 2016.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 and is the only coach to win a league title in the same year.

Brett Hager was the second-youngest player to ever win an NBA championship, coming in at 18.7 years old.

He led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA title game in 2008 and was named to the All-NBA First Team for his contributions to the team.

Hager was inductee into the NBA Hall of Famers’ Hall of Legends in 2018, but did not make the first team in the 2019 season.

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