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Sources: Benson will take Huntley basketball position

Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014 11:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014 11:59 p.m. CDT
(Sarah Nader)
Sarah Nader - Harvard's head coach Will Benson during Monday's IHSA Class 3A Johnsburg Regional game against Woodstock on February 7, 2012. Woodstock won, 48-39.

Will Benson, who led Marengo’s boys basketball team to its best season since 2000, will be Huntley’s new varsity boys basketball coach according to multiple sources.

Benson’s hiring will not become official until District 158’s next school board meeting. The board met Thursday and is scheduled to meet June 19.

Huntley athletic director Michelle Jakubowski could not comment specifically on who had been hired for the job.

“We interviewed this week and an offer has been put out there,” Jakubowski said. “Nothing is definite now, so I don’t have any more comment.”

Benson guided Marengo to a 20-11 record, its best since the Indians were 27-3 in 2000. The Indians finished second in the Big Northern Conference East Division. He previously coached at Harvard from 2010 through 2012, where his teams were 26-58 in three seasons.

Benson, a Crystal Lake South graduate, coached for one season in 2013 as Jacobs sophomore boys basketball coach. Benson was teaching physical education, health and driver education at Harvard, while coaching at other schools the past two years.

Jakubowski said earlier that Huntley was growing so rapidly that there are several teaching openings for next year, including in the P.E. department.

Benson, 46-69 in four seasons as a head coach, would take over for Marty Manning, whose teams were 162-68 in eight seasons at Huntley. Manning was announced as Schaumburg's new head coach this month. The Red Raiders have won four consecutive Fox Valley Conference Valley Division championships and won Class 4A regional titles three of the past four seasons.

Huntley’s enrollment for 2013-14 is 2,462, but projections have the high school enrollment approaching 3,000 in a few years. Huntley also will break ground this summer on a new fieldhouse.

Those factors, along with Manning’s teams’ success, made the Huntley position an attractive one.

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