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Benjamin Hires Alum Brandon Arnette for Boys Hoops

May 24, 2016
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Benjamin turned to one of its own to coach its boys varsity basketball team.

Brandon Arnette, a 2001 Benjamin graduate and former Bucs’ basketball standout, was hired to replace Jeff Cavallo, the school announced Tuesday.

Cavallo stepped down from the position May 11 after 12 seasons and a 209-123 career record.

Arnette helped lead the Bucs to the Class 2A boys basketball state championship in 2001.

Benjamin upset once nationally ranked Jacksonville-Arlington Country Day 50-45 in the title game. Arnette, a guard, scored 14 points in that game and made the all-tournament team.

He also played football for the Bucs.

“Benjamin is a great academic school, and has a lot of potential to grow its sports program,” Arnette said. “Being an alum and knowing the dedication and hard work it takes to be successful on and off the court is what drove me to take the position.

“I have been where my future players are and are trying to go.”

Arnette played college basketball at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he was an All-Conference player and scored over 1,000 points during his career.

Arnette coached college basketball at Pace (N.Y.) University from 2006-2012, and at UMass Lowell from 2012-2013.

“We are very excited that Brandon will be coming back home to lead our boys basketball program,” Benjamin athletic director Ryan Smith said.

“He was a standout player in high school and college, and has proven to be an outstanding coach as well. As a graduate of Benjamin, he understands the mission, history and culture of the school.”

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