BENNETT RETURNS TO MARSHALL AS HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
Bennett Previously Served as Marshall’s Strength Coach from 1996-1998


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University Head Football Coach Doc Holliday
announced the hiring of Scott Bennett as the school’s head strength and
conditioning coach, Wednesday.


“I am excited to have Scott back here at Marshall,” Holliday said. “He has done
an outstanding job everywhere he has been and Marshall’s record on the football
field during his previous stint here speaks for itself. I am glad to have him
back with the Marshall Football Family.”


Bennett comes to Marshall after serving as the head strength and conditioning
coach at Southern Miss where he has overseen strength and conditioning for the
Golden Eagles 16-sport athletic program since 2007.


“It is good to be back at Marshall, a program with great tradition and pride,”
Bennett. “I look forward to working hard with these young people as we strive
for excellence. Coach Holliday places great value on strength and conditioning
and his leadership is tremendous.”


Prior to his time at Southern Miss, he served as the head strength and
conditioning coach at Wyoming from 1998 to 2007 and as the head strength coach
at Marshall from 1996 to 1998. He also served as an assistant strength coach at
Virginia Tech from 1993-1996. He has also served as a graduate assistant
strength and conditioning coach at Clemson and Ole Miss.


Bennett has extensive experience in the design and functionality of strength and
conditioning facilities. He was directly responsible for the design of the
University of Wyoming’s Rochelle Athletic Center Weight Room as well as the
floor plan and equipment needs. He also oversaw the design of Southern Miss’
renovated men’s basketball weight room.


He has spoken at several clinics regarding strength training and conditioning,
has authored several columns for publications and worked with 14 teams that have
advanced to NCAA Tournaments and bowl games. In his career, he has also coached
27 football players who have gone on to play in the National Football League.


During his previous tenure at Marshall, the Thundering Herd Football team posted
a two-year record of 26-3 that included the 1996 NCAA Division I-AA National
Championship, the 1997Mid-American Conference Championship, and a berth in the
1997 Motor City Bowl. He was named the Strength Coach of the Year in the College
Division by the American Football Quarterly in 1996 following the Herd’s perfect
15-0 season. While on staff at Wyoming, Bennett was nominated for the 2002 NSCA
Strength Coach of the Year Award.


Bennett has been a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association
since 1989, a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Association since 2001 and holds certifications as a certified strength and
conditioning specialist (1991), a certified strength and conditioning coach
(2001), and a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (2006). He also serves on
the Board of Directors of the CSCCA.


He is also is the first ever strength and conditioning coach to serve on the
NCAA Committee for Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS).


Bennett has two sons, Tucker and Charles.


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