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#29 Steve Bennett
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Helena, MT
High School: Capitol
Alma Mater: Gonzaga University, 2000
Experience: 11 Years
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Steve Bennett will begin his 10th season as an assistant for the Gonzaga University baseball team.

Since assuming the full-time pitching coach in the summer of 2008, Bennett has tutored four West Coast Conference Pitchers of the Year, including the last three.

In 2011 Bennett coached Cody Martin who was the NCAA statistic champion for lowest ERA. Martin carried a 0.86 ERA with 12 saves and was drafted in the 25th round that summer by the Atlanta Braves. Martin was named an All-American that season and is one of four All-Americans Bennett has worked with.

Bennett has been a coach for both of Gonzaga’s WCC regular-season titles in 2013 and 2009. He has seen two of the lowest team ERA’s in program history as well. In 2012 the pitching staff had a 2.95 ERA and a 3.19 ERA in 2011.

Under his guidance, the Bulldogs have had 10 pitchers selected in the annual Major League Baseball draft. The two highest selections in Zag program history have occurred under Bennett; Marco Gonzales (first-round by St. Louis Cardinals) in 2013 and Clayton Mortensen (first-round by St. Louis Cardinals) in 2009.  

A 2000 graduate of Gonzaga, Bennett was a 4-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs appearing in 54 games over his career. He earned WCC honorable mention as a freshman, was selected second-team All-WCC as a junior and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 28th round after his senior season. Bennett chose to return to the Bulldogs for his fifth year where he earned first-team All-WCC. He then went on to play four years in the Mets organization, reaching as high as the AA level.

The native of Helena, Mont., married the former Abby Cullen, an assistant volleyball coach for the Bulldogs in July, 2008. The Bennett's welcomed their first child, Cullen, in July of 2009 and had their second, William, Aug. of 2011.