Former Hoosier Coach Joins Wisconsin Staff

Kathi Bennett, who coached the Indiana women’s basketball team for five seasons (2000-05)before resigning, will be back in the Big Ten as she’s been hired by Badger coach Lisa Stone and began duties today.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of Kathi Bennett to my coaching staff,” Stone said in a release from the university. “I have admired Kathi and her programs as an opposing coach for almost 20 years, and now it’s great to be on the same team.”

Bennett is the daughter of former Wisconsin men’s coach Dick Bennett and the sister of Washington State coach Tony Bennett, who was an initial candidate for the Indiana men’s job before the arrival of Tom Crean.

As coach of the Hoosiers, Bennett’s record was 72-75 and guided the fifth-seeded team to a shocking upset of favorite Purdue en route to the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship, tying the Boilers (1998) as the lowest seed to win the event with a three-point win over Penn State in the final.