Two-time National Coach of the Year Tony Bennett enters his eighth year as the men's head basketball coach at the University of Virginia. Bennett came to Charlottesville after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach at Washington State where he was the 2007 National Coach of the Year.
Virginia has amassed a 165-72 (.696) record in seven seasons under Bennett's direction. The Cavaliers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons and made their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance since 1995 in 2016. Virginia has won 29 or more games in each of the last three seasons including a school-record tying 30 wins in 2014 and 2015.More on Coach Bennett
Larry Mangino begins his first season as director of scouting/recruiting for the Virginia men's basketball program. Mangino brings 28 years of coaching experience, including nine years as a head coach and two years at the NBA level, to head coach Tony Bennett's staff.
Mangino has worked as a clinician at several major basketball camps, including the Boston Celtics rookie and free agent camp. He's also been active in community affairs throughout his career, including the Big Brother program.More on Larry Mangino
Katharine Palmer is in her fifth year with the men's basketball program and 10th at Virginia. She provides operational support and is the first point of contact in the men's basketball office. Palmer also serves as an important piece in recruiting efforts by creating and designing all materials. Additionally, she assists in coordinating travel arrangements and contributes to the oversight of the program's newsletters and social media efforts.More on Katharine Palmer
Ron Sanchez is in his eighth year with the Virginia men's basketball program. Sanchez served as an assistant coach for his first six seasons and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2015-16 season.
Sanchez was an assistant men's basketball coach at Washington State University for three years before coming to UVa. During that period, the Cougars participated in the NCAA Tournament twice and in the National Invitation Tournament once. Washington State reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2008. The Cougars tied the school record with 26 victories in both 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Prior to serving as an assistant coach at Washington State, Sanchez was the coordinator of men's basketball operations for the Cougars for three years. He joined the staff at Washington State after spending two years as a volunteer assistant at Indiana. While at Indiana, Sanchez earned his master's degree in athletic administration/sports management. Indiana finished as runner-up for the NCAA Championship in 2002.More on Coach Sanchez
Brad Soderberg is in his second season as an assistant coach at Virginia. Soderberg arrived at Virginia after serving as head coach of Lindenwood University for six seasons from 2009-15. Soderberg also served as head coach at Saint Louis (2002-07), South Dakota State (1993-95) and Loras College (1988-93). He has posted a 338-204 career record in 19 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
He coached at Wisconsin for six years from 1995-2001 where he started as an assistant coach under Bennett's father, Dick. Soderberg helped the Badgers advance to four NCAA Tournaments, including the 2000 Final Four, and one NIT appearance. In 2000-01, Soderberg took over as the interim head coach early in the season, and along with assistant coach Tony Bennett, guided Wisconsin to an 18-11 overall record and NCAA Tournament appearance. Soderberg was the first Wisconsin coach since 1911 to win his first eight games, and the first to lead the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in his first year. He also spent one year as an assistant coach at Saint Louis in 2001-02 under current Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar.More on Brad Soderberg
Jason Williford is in his eighth year as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Virginia and his 16th year as a men's assistant basketball coach at the collegiate level.
A former Virginia player, Williford was an assistant coach at American University for four years before coming to UVa and prior to that was an assistant coach at Boston University for five years. American won the Patriot League Championship and participated in the NCAA Tournament in each of his last two seasons with the program. During Williford's final four years at Boston University, the Terriers earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2002 and then participated in the National Invitation Tournament for three consecutive years.
A native of Richmond, Va., Williford is a 1995 graduate of Virginia. During his four years as a member of the UVa men's basketball team, the Cavaliers won the NIT in 1992 and participated in the NCAA Tournament three times. Virginia reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in 1993, the second round in 1994 and the Elite Eight in 1995 when he was a team captain.More on Coach Williford
Ronnie Wideman is the associate athletics director for men's basketball administration at Virginia. Wideman joined the men's basketball staff at UVa in April of 2009 as assistant director of men's basketball operations/video coordinator. He was an operations assistant in the men's basketball program at Washington State University for three years prior to joining the staff at Virginia.More on Ronnie Wideman
Orlando Vandross enters his second season at Virginia as director of recruiting/player development. Vandross spent five seasons as an assistant coach for Charlotte from 2011-15 after serving 13 seasons at Boston University as an assistant, including three as associate head coach.
During Vandross' time at Charlotte, the 49ers captured the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout and 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off titles and earned a bid to the 2013 NIT. In 2013-14, the 49ers received votes in the AP and the Coaches Polls for the first time since December of 2009. In 2012-13, the 49ers won 21 games which marked the program's first 20-win season since 2007-08. Charlotte posted another winning season in 2013-14, giving the 49ers back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time since 2007. In addition, Charlotte posted a victory over a top 15 program in three of his five seasons.More on Orlando Vandross
Johnny Carpenter enters his second season at Virginia as a basketball technology assistant. Carpenter returned to Charlottesville after a one-year stint as an assistant video coordinator with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks in 2014-15.
Carpenter served four seasons as a team manager for the Virginia men's basketball program from 2010-13. He served as head manager during the 2012-13 season and was the recipient of the Bob Goodman Award for service to the University of Virginia athletics department.
Carpenter worked as a graduate assistant coach with the Virginia women's basketball team in 2013-14, assisting the team in film editing and breakdown, scouting and budgeting.More on Johnny Carpenter