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Introduced by: Hinkle


        A RESOLUTION honoring Stan Benge.

    Whereas, Stan Benge, Ben Davis High School girls basketball coach, was named the National Coach of the Year for 2009 by the Naismith Awards;

    Whereas, Stan Benge was named the National Coach of the Year for 2009 for guiding the Giants to a 30-0 record, winning the Marion County Tournament, the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference championship, and the Class 4A state title;

    Whereas, The Giants were also ranked number one in USA Today's and ESPN Rise's national rankings;

    Whereas, Coach Benge was also named the coach of the Indiana Girls All-Star team;

    Whereas, Coach Benge is a graduate of Ben Davis High School, where he participated in cross country, track, and basketball, earning all-county honors his senior year in basketball;

    Whereas, Coach Benge graduated from Marian College with a major in health and physical education and a minor in social studies;

    Whereas, A star on the Marian basketball team, Coach Benge lettered all four years and was named the most valuable player of the team in 1974;

    Whereas, Coach Benge's first teaching position was at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis where he taught U.S. history and was assistant boys basketball and assistant boys track coach;

    Whereas, Coach Benge returned to Wayne Township in 1978 to teach elementary physical education at Rhoades Elementary;

    Whereas, During his career in Wayne Township, Stan Benge has coached girls golf, boys and girls track, boys cross country, middle school girls basketball, and high school girls basketball;

    Whereas, During his 24 seasons as the head coach of the Ben Davis Lady Giants, he has won 77 percent of his games (438-126), giving him the most wins in Ben Davis basketball history;

    Whereas, With Coach Benge at the helm, the Lady Giants have won two state championships, made five final four appearances, and won three semi-state, ten regional, and 20 sectional championships, seven county titles, and eight MIC championships;

    Whereas, Coach Benge has received numerous awards and

recognitions throughout his career, including being named District 3 Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1992, Metro Coach of the Year in 1992 and 2000, Coach of the Year for the 2003-2004 season, and was selected as one of the coaches of the Indiana All-Stars in their sweep of Kentucky in the summer of 1995; and

    Whereas, Special accomplishments deserve special recognition: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana House of Representatives congratulates Coach Stan Benge on his selection as the National Coach of the Year for 2009 by the Naismith Awards and wishes him continued success in all his future endeavors.
    SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit a copy of this resolution to Stan Benge and his family, principal Joel McKinney, and superintendent Dr. Terry Thompson.


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