Boys Basketball: DeBenedetti resigns from coaching duties at St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius head coach John DeBenedetti on the sideline during the Wildcats' win over rival Sacred Heart Cathedral on Jan. 11 at USF's War Memorial Gymnasium. DeBenedetti recently resigned from head coaching duties. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

By Bonta Hill

(Developing story)

According to multiple sources close to the St. Ignatius boys basketball program, head coach John DeBenedetti has resigned after three years at the helm of the program.

Sources said DeBenedetti told St. Ignatius players he was resigning for medical reasons on Friday.

This season, DeBenedetti led the Wildcats to a 17-10 overall record and an 8-6 record in West Catholic Athletic League play, before ending their season in the Central Coast Section semifinals. In his three years, he amassed a 39-42 record.

St. Ignatius Athletic Director Bob Vergara and Assistant Athletic Director John Mulkerrins were not available for comment late Sunday night.

Additional reporting by Jeremy Balan

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow hope he is alright..maybe all those alumni and SI parents were tired of him?

  2. JJ says:

    How come the SI coaches never get fired? The coaches usually leave or re-sign due to family, health, or personal reasons (i.e. Coach Bluford, now Coach DeBenedetti). But this is what SI Alum wanted anyways, right? Who’s the frontrunner for SI’s new coach??

  3. Uni says:

    Does anyone have any idea who the next University girls basketball coach will be? It seems like they cant keep a coach there.

  4. SI Cats says:

    Just announced that Randy Bennet from St. Mary’s will be the new SI coach.

    • IC Stars says:

      Well that was fast. Now there’s a Christian Brothers school coach at SI, an SI alum coaching baseball at SHC and a Sacred Heart grad coaching baseball at Serra.

    • jbalan says:

      No validity to this rumor at all…

      Talked to the SI Athletic Department, and they haven’t even started the process of hiring a new coach…

  5. JJ says:

    Great signing by SI to get Randy Bennett from St Mary’s

  6. hahahaha says:

    Ya Randy Bennett would decline an offer from Utah and leave college basketball to go and coach a high school team that makes a lot of sense

  7. JJ says:

    ok, so if Randy Bennett hasn’t been hired yet, maybe Justin Labagh might be in line for the SI job?

  8. MRC says:

    This comment thread cracks me up!!! Hahahaha,! Randy Bennet of St. Mary’s.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Kaream or Szarnicki? whos your top vote?

    • Anonymous says:

      no one SI needs a good external candidate otherwise
      it would be the same unless they hire Reardon once again!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know if SI hired or promoted somebody for the Varsity Boys Basketball?

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