David Benezra, who coached the Los Angeles Metropolitan Rockfish of the Slam 'n' Jam League to a national basketball championship last summer in the AAU Junior Olympics, is going to another winning program.
Benezra will replace Elliot Turret as head basketball coach at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, announced Chuck Ice, Crossroads athletic director.
Turret resigned last March after the Roadrunners lost the state Division III championship game to Vanden High School of Travis Air Force Base. Twice named The Times' Westside coach of the year, he is seeking a job as a college assistant coach.
In 1982, Crossroads won its first CIF-Southern Section basketball championship in the Small Schools Division. At the time, Turret was assistant to Head Coach Rick Makoff, who was also the school's athletic director. When Makoff left to become headmaster of another school, Turret became head coach.