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April 29, 1999

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Dick Bennett, one of 15 finalists for the 1999 Naismith %^$National Coach of the Year Award, and his Wisconsin women’s team %^$counterpart, Jane Albright-Dieterle, will direct the 1999 Big Ten %^$Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Foreign Tour teams this summer. The %^$men’s trip will feature games in Austria, while the women will compete in %^$Germany and Belgium.%^$

%^$The 10th annual foreign tours will depart the United States on August 5 and %^$will compete against teams over a course of 10 days. Bennett’s and %^$Albright-Dieterle’s rosters will be solidified over the upcoming weeks, and %^$the teams will gather in Madison for training camp from August 2-5.%^$

%^$Bennett just completed his fourth season (69-54, .561) as head coach of the %^$Badgers and his 23rd season overall (429-243, .638). In addition to being a %^$Naismith finalist in 1999, Bennett was one of 10 nominees for Associated %^$Press National Coach of the Year and one of the six finalists for the Clair %^$Bee Award. He is the only coach in Wisconsin history to lead the Badgers to %^$at least 17 wins in three different seasons and the only UW coach to take %^$the Badgers to postseason play three times (two NCAA and one NIT). Last %^$season Bennett directed the Badgers to the winningest season in school %^$history with a 22-10 overall record and a 9-7 mark in Conference play.%^$

%^$Albright-Dieterle recently finished her fifth season ( 96-52, .649) at the %^$helm in Madison and her 15th overall as a collegiate head coach (284-162, %^$.637). She has led the Badgers to three NCAA Tournaments and has guided %^$the team to five straight winning seasons, a school record. Last year, the %^$Badgers advanced to the WNIT Championship game. During her tenure, %^$Wisconsin has set numerous Conference attendance records and has become a %^$mainstay among the nation’s leaders in fan support. In 1995, %^$Albright-Dieterle was named the Big Ten and WBCA District IV Coach of the %^$Year. She led the U.S. William R. Jones Cup team to the gold medal in 1996. %^$

%^$Big Ten men’s teams have posted a 68-27 record in the nine years of the %^$foreign tour and have given nearly 112 student-athletes the opportunity to %^$travel to such places as Japan, France, Italy, Finland, Belgium, the %^$Netherlands and Germany.