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LSU confirms Tony Benford hired as first assistant coach for Will Wade's staff

LSU confirms former North Texas head coach Tony Benford is joining Will Wade's staff at LSU as an assistant coach.

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LSU will have a former North Texas head coach on its basketball staff for the second straight coaching era, per a Denton Record-Chronicle report from Brett Vito on Tuesday. Tony Benford is expected to be announced in the next few days as an assistant coach on Will Wade's staff.

Wade was hired as LSU's head basketball coach last Wednesday and said that his staff would take some time to put together, but the school confirmed the news in a release on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am excited to have Tony Benford join our staff,” said Wade in the release. “Tony is the next step in our efforts to build a winning basketball program that all LSU fans can be proud of. His experience as both a head coach and long-time assistant on the recruiting trail will help us in our stated mission to recruit the best players that want to come to LSU and make LSU a consistent winner. Tony is also a fine on-court coach and his track record shows that he is able to develop players that can live out their dreams once they have finished at LSU.”

The interesting twist to Benford joining LSU's staff is that former LSU head coach Johnny Jones came to Baton Rouge from Denton, Texas, where he built North Texas' program. Benford took over for Jones, but was fired on March 5 after a 12-20 season. 

Benford will look to replicate his recruiting success in Baton Rouge, having recruited and coached five NBA first-round draft picks, but things did not go as planned at North Texas. Benford though, is one of the more well-respected assistant coaches in the country, making stops at Marquette, New Mexico, Arizona State and Nebraska.

“First of all, I’m extremely excited to be a part of the basketball program at LSU,” said Benford. “I think Coach Wade is one of the best young coaches in the country and having the opportunity to work with him and restore the great tradition here at LSU is something I am really looking forward to. I feel like his style of play will be very attractive to recruits. I extremely excited to be a part of this great University and this great basketball program.”

Stay tuned to Tiger Blitz for more on Wade's staff coming together. The hiring is subject to the usual background check and approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Will Wade Introductory Press Conference


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LSU will have a former North Texas head coach on its basketball staff for the second straight coaching era, per a Denton Record-Chronicle report from Brett Vito on Tuesday. Tony Benford is expected to be announced in the next few days as an assistant coach on Will Wade's staff.

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Wade was hired as LSU's head basketball coach last Wednesday and said that his staff would take some time to put together, but the school confirmed the news in a release on Tuesday afternoon.

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“I am excited to have Tony Benford join our staff,” said Wade in the release. “Tony is the next step in our efforts to build a winning basketball program that all LSU fans can be proud of. His experience as both a head coach and long-time assistant on the recruiting trail will help us in our stated mission to recruit the best players that want to come to LSU and make LSU a consistent winner. Tony is also a fine on-court coach and his track record shows that he is able to develop players that can live out their dreams once they have finished at LSU.”

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The interesting twist to Benford joining LSU's staff is that former LSU head coach Johnny Jones came to Baton Rouge from Denton, Texas, where he built North Texas' program. Benford took over for Jones, but was fired on March 5 after a 12-20 season. 

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Benford will look to replicate his recruiting success in Baton Rouge, having recruited and coached five NBA first-round draft picks, but things did not go as planned at North Texas. Benford though, is one of the more well-respected assistant coaches in the country, making stops at Marquette, New Mexico, Arizona State and Nebraska.

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“First of all, I’m extremely excited to be a part of the basketball program at LSU,” said Benford. “I think Coach Wade is one of the best young coaches in the country and having the opportunity to work with him and restore the great tradition here at LSU is something I am really looking forward to. I feel like his style of play will be very attractive to recruits. I extremely excited to be a part of this great University and this great basketball program.”

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Stay tuned to Tiger Blitz for more on Wade's staff coming together. The hiring is subject to the usual background check and approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

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Will Wade Introductory Press Conference

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LSU will have a former North Texas head coach on its basketball staff for the second straight coaching era, per a Denton Record-Chronicle report from Brett Vito on Tuesday. Tony Benford is expected to be announced in the next few days as an assistant coach on Will Wade's staff.

Wade was hired as LSU's head basketball coach last Wednesday and said that his staff would take some time to put together, but the school confirmed the news in a release on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am excited to have Tony Benford join our staff,” said Wade in the release. “Tony is the next step in our efforts to build a winning basketball program that all LSU fans can be proud of. His experience as both a head coach and long-time assistant on the recruiting trail will help us in our stated mission to recruit the best players that want to come to LSU and make LSU a consistent winner. Tony is also a fine on-court coach and his track record shows that he is able to develop players that can live out their dreams once they have finished at LSU.”

The interesting twist to Benford joining LSU's staff is that former LSU head coach Johnny Jones came to Baton Rouge from Denton, Texas, where he built North Texas' program. Benford took over for Jones, but was fired on March 5 after a 12-20 season.

Benford will look to replicate his recruiting success in Baton Rouge, having recruited and coached five NBA first-round draft picks, but things did not go as planned at North Texas. Benford though, is one of the more well-respected assistant coaches in the country, making stops at Marquette, New Mexico, Arizona State and Nebraska.

“First of all, I’m extremely excited to be a part of the basketball program at LSU,” said Benford. “I think Coach Wade is one of the best young coaches in the country and having the opportunity to work with him and restore the great tradition here at LSU is something I am really looking forward to. I feel like his style of play will be very attractive to recruits. I extremely excited to be a part of this great University and this great basketball program.”

Stay tuned to Tiger Blitz for more on Wade's staff coming together. The hiring is subject to the usual background check and approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Will Wade Introductory Press Conference

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