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Tony Bennett named finalist for 2007 Jim Phelan Coach of the Year Award

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PULLMAN, Wash. - WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2007 Jim Phelan Coach of the Year award. Bennett has achieved 22 wins in just his first season as the men's basketball head coach, the most since the Cougars finished the 1991-92 season 22-11. 

The Jim Phelan Award is voted on by a 20-member panel and given annually to the nation's top coach. The winner will be presented with the award at the Final Four in Atlanta.

Before 2003 the award was known simply as the CollegeInsider.com national coach of the year. It was renamed to honor longtime Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan who retired following the 2002-03 season.

This year's finalists are:
Jim Baron (Rhode Island)
John Calipari (Memphis)
Billy Donovan (Florida)
Mark Fox (Nevada)
Billy Gillispie (Texas A&M)
Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech)
Ben Howland (UCLA)
Todd Lickliter (Butler)
Chris Lowery (Southern Illinois)
Gregg Marshall (Winthrop)
Thad Matta (Ohio State)
Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)
Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt)
Cliff Warren (Jacksonville)

Previous winners are:
Ben Howland (UCLA, 2006)
Tubby Smith (Kentucky, 2005)
Phil Martelli (St. Joseph's, 2004)
Mark Slonaker (Mercer, 2003)

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