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Salpointe's Dennis Bene to step down after this season

Posted at 12:36 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 14:31:50-04

TUCSON, Ariz — Salpointe's game tonight against Phoenix Dobson will be Dennis Bene's final home opener with the school.

Bene wil step down after 19 seasons as head coach, and 25 total seasons with the Lancers.

"It's my decision 100%," said Bene. "I'm in a good place. I'm grateful and I'm blessed, but it's time."

Bene led the Lancers to the 2013 state championship, guiding a team that many consider to be the best ever from Tucson. He has won 174 game since taking over in 2001, and his Lancers have been a perennial state power. Bene is an alma mater of the school and played quarterback for the Lancers in the early 1980s.