Since graduating from the University of Vermont as the school’s all-time leading scorer in 1997, Eddie Benton has spent most of the past 25 years coaching at the collegiate level, enjoying plenty of success at several different stops while working his way up the ranks.

Benton was hired last week as the new girls basketball coach at Oakland Catholic, taking over for Brianne O’Rourke. He inherits a program that is typically among the WPIAL’s elite, although it has been 16 years since the Eagles last raised a WPIAL championship banner — the last of a dynastic run that included six WPIAL titles in an eight-year stretch.

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Author: Steve Rotstein,