Toledo head coach Tod Kowalczyk announced the addition of Michael Bennett to the Rockets' staff as the program's director of basketball operations. Bennett, who comes to Toledo following one year as the video coordinator for Ball State's men's basketball program, replaces Brad Konerman who resigned in late August.
"I'm excited to welcome Michael to our Rocket family," Kowalczyk said. "He is very familiar with the Mid-American Conference, having played at Ball State and also being a member of their coaching staff. He was a great student and a competitive player and those were two of the qualities we were looking for. Michael has a great opportunity to grow in his role with our program, and I look forward to having him a part of our staff for a long time."
Bennett has previously held coaching positions as an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Brebeuf Jesuit (2010-11) in Indianapolis, an assistant varsity coach at Carmel High School (2009-10) and an assistant varsity coach at Alexandria Monroe (2007-08), while also working outside of basketball in different capacities. He also served as BSU's director of basketball operations during the 2005-06 campaign.
"I'm very happy to join the Toledo basketball program and want to thank Coach Kowalczyk for providing me this opportunity," Bennett said. "I believe the program has a very promising future and look forward to helping the players and staff reach all of their goals."
Bennett played in 115 games during his Cardinal career, including 28 games as a senior in 2004-05. He averaged 14.7 minutes per game and was part of the 2001-02 squad that defeated two top-five teams at the Maui Invitational and was ranked as high as No. 15 during the season. During his career, he was a two-time recipient of the Cardinals' Shine Johnson Most Improved Player Award.
An Indianapolis native, Bennett received his bachelor's degree in general studies from Ball State in 2004.