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Girls Basketball | Varsity Head Coach
M.A. European Intellectual and Cultural History, University of London
B.A. History, California State University Northridge
Mr. Andrew Bencze moved to the Los Angeles area just before entering junior high where he attended St. Dominic’s in Eagle Rock. He then went on to attend Providence High School where he played basketball for 4 years graduating in 1989. He earned his B.A. in History from California State University Northridge. It was during his time at CSUN that he began working at Providence High School as a coach and being heavily involved in the Kairos Retreat program. He was hired as the first of many alumni to come back and teach at his alma mater by longtime principal Sr. Lucille Dean.
Mr. Bencze has taught many classes at Providence across a range of subjects, including Freshmen English, Physical Education and World History. In 1999 his high school coach, mentor and friend, Athletic Director Paul Sutton passed away after a long battle with cancer and he assumed the role of Athletic Director, a position he still holds today.
Mr. Bencze began his coaching career at Providence a year after graduation from his alma mater with the Boys JV Basketball team and the Boys and Girls Varsity Volleyball teams. He eventually became the varsity head coach for Girls Volleyball, Girls Basketball and Boys Volleyball at Providence. Coach Bencze led the Girls Varsity Volleyball program for 9 years and the Boys Varsity Volleyball program for 11 years, winning three Liberty league Championships in each sport before stepping down in 2004 to spend more time with his family. Coach Bencze has coached the Girls Varsity Basketball team for 21 seasons and has been very successful, winning thirteen Liberty League Championships including seven of the last eight. His Girls Basketball teams have made the CIF semi-finals twice, qualifying for state playoffs both seasons, and have had a winning record in every season he has coached but one. He was named Daily News Coach of the year in 2012 after leading his team to the Southern California Regional State Championship Game and won his 400th game as a Varsity Girls Basketball coach on February 4, 2016, the same day his team clinched their seventh straight League Championship.
After accomplishing his long time goal of winning three League Championships in one school year for Girls Volleyball, Girls Basketball and Boys Volleyball in 1999-2000, he took a year off to obtain his Master’s Degree from Queen Mary and Westfield College, part of the University of London. During his stay in London he joined the University of London Men’s Volleyball Team and was the starting setter on the team that captured the Student Cup, the college championship in England.
Mr. Bencze is married to Joanna Bencze who coaches the cheer team at Providence and has two daughters, Samantha and Madison who are as much at home at Providence as they are in their own home. Samantha is 9 years old and attends the Summer Acting Camp help at Providence every summer, with 4 year old Madison following in her footsteps as soon as she can.