CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- George Gelnovatch knows how difficult it is to win a national championship. Tony Bennett and the Virginia men's basketball team is going through the process now.
"I think winning a national championship and getting to a Final Four, both of those things are a process," Gelnovatch said before the Wahoos left for the Final Four. "I really believe that, but I believe Coach Bennett has built a culture and foundation to allow them to have the success that they've had."
As a university, Virginia has won 25 national championships. That is good for 21st among all Division I athletic programs. Gelnovatch has won two championships with men's soccer in 2009 and 2014.
In 2015, Brian O'Connor led the baseball team to its first national championship with a College World Series win. Julie Myers led women's lacrosse to three national championship games in four years. In 2004, the Cavaliers broke through, winning for the third time in program history, the first under Myers.
Both coaches had similar messages for Bennett and the men's basketball team.
"Enjoy the fact that you got there," Myers said. Stay true to how you got there. Enjoy every moment that you can. You're not going to sleep much on the road, so its going to be dreams about the next game. Dreams about what just happened. But its just such a fun experience and just remember that you got there all together and you're going to experience the weekend together. Its a once in a lifetime kind of thing."
"Tony's been talking about enjoying this journey that they're on and its important to not get away from that," O'Connor added. "There's something special about this team that has gotten them to this point and for that not to change. And they won't."