2016 Inductee
Al Bennett

Al Bennett

Al graduated from Taft High School in 1963 where he was all-league in basketball and a 23' long jumper. Moving to Pierce College, Al played basketball for long-time Coach Collins Jones and Pierce College Hall of Fame Coaches Denny Crum and Ken Stanley. He was first team all- league Western State guard and honorable mention all- state basketball player. He ran track for the former Olympian and long-time Pierce head coach Bob Chambers, Hank Lewis, and Asdis (Pete) Peterson. Al was second in the Southern California finals and fifth in the State Junior College Championship as a quarter miler. He also ran lead off on the on the Pierce College State Championship mile relay team. All the teams he played for while at Pierce, 2 basketball and 2 track, were Western State Conference Champions. Both basketball teams played in the final four for the California State Championship and had a record of 55-11. The track teams never lost a meet. Upon graduation in 1965 Al was named Pierce College Athlete of the Year. After Pierce, Al ran track and played basketball for the University of California at Santa Barbara. After graduation he received his Bachelors and Teaching Credential and then a Masters in Education.

Al then started his coaching career at North Hollywood High School from 1972-75. He returned to Pierce College as an assistant and head coach from 1975-80. After leaving Pierce he coached basketball for 16 years as a head coach on the high school level mostly at Birmingham High School. In 2001, he was named the "Model Coach of the Year" by the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of 6 coaches in all sports in high school throughout California to receive such an award. Al coached basketball for 24 years and in all coached for 31 years including coaching sports in volleyball, track, and golf. Al retired in 2007 and recently married his former sweetheart, Billie. He has two grown children and 3 grandchildren.