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John E. Benington (December 31, 1921 – September 10, 1969)[1] was an American basketball coach.

The Findlay, Ohio native played college basketball for two seasons at the University of San Francisco, where he captained the squad that won the 1949 National Invitation Tournament under Pete Newell. He then became assistant basketball coach at Michigan State University (1950-1956) under Newell and Forddy Anderson. He served a combined 14 seasons as head men's basketball coach at Drake University (1956-1958), St. Louis University (1958-1966) and Michigan State (1966-1969). Benington died of a massive heart attack at age 47. He was found after hours in Jenison Fieldhouse by his wife and assistant coach.[1]


  1. ^ a b Seibold, Jack (October 1, 2003). The Spartan Sports Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-1582612195.  


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