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Union promotes Bennett to replace Leaman

Union wasted no time after the departure of coach Nate Leaman to Providence, naming associate head coach Rick Bennett his successor with the Dutchmen on Friday.

Bennett has spent seven seasons at Union, working with defensemen and special teams, managing team video and recruiting.

It will be the first head coaching job for Bennett, who also has been an assistant at Providence and in the ECHL.

Bennett was a Hobey Baker Award finalist at Providence as a senior in 1990.


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  • Union Alum ’97

    I am rooting for Coach Bennett. He deserves a shot and certainly is stepping into a great situation that he very much helped build for his first head coaching job. I hope the college takes some of the $ that it saved on Leaman and makes some upgrades on Achillies Rink.

  • Jaredlacorte

    Don’t know much on Bennet but would have been nice for Union to take their time in making this decision. The program took a huge leap this year and don’t want to disrupt that momentum

    • harttrophy

      I expect that the College knows that Coach Bennett was a driving force behind their success, making this decision the correct one, and the speed with which it was made appropriate.