When injuries derailed his brief NBA career and forced him to seek a new line of work, Tony Bennett was only sure of one thing.
Whatever he did next, it wasn't going to be coaching.
The son of legendary former Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett witnessed firsthand how the pressure-packed profession can strain a family and stoke the temper of an otherwise gentle, spiritual man.
Since Dick coached at five high schools and three colleges before landing his dream job at Wisconsin, the Bennetts seldom remained in one place more than a few years. The desire to win consumed Dick so much that he'd berate his players after a bad practice or wasted possession and sequester himself in his office for days trying to find the cure for a losing streak.
"My father is one of the wisest, humblest guys I know, but he was just so intense," Tony said. "You'd be with him after a loss, and it was like the sky was falling, the world was ending and they were never going to win another game. I saw that rollerRead More »from Coaching is a path Virginia's Tony Bennett once resisted and now embraces