Football's Bennett Named Sportexe Division I Football Championship National Coach of the Year
Only two other programs (Florida Atlantic and Georgia Southern) have ever reached the I-AA (now the Football Championship Subdivision) playoffs quicker than Bennetts Coastal Carolina football team.
This year in just the fourth year of play, Bennett led Coastal to a 9-3 record, including a 4-0 mark in the Big South to earn its third consecutive Big South crown and the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championships. CCU is the first Big South representative ever to earn an invitation, and only the second school from a non-automatic bid conference to earn a berth (Cal Poly - 2005) in the last 10 years.
Bennett has a 34-11 record during his four years with the Chants and has never had a losing season in his 11-year coaching career (97-27 overall). At Catawba, he led the Indians to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs, including a run into the national semifinal round in 2001.
This is a special recognition for our entire program, said Bennett. This senior class was here from the beginning when we had to practice at driving ranges, parking lots and tennis courts. This program has come a long way in a short period, but we are not stopping here.
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This dedication to quality has led Sportexe to where is today underfoot of many of the most prestigious teams and sports facilities from around the globe. Sportexe clients include the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills,
Nominees were compiled and winners selected by a select Sportexe panel consisting of company officials, regional sales representatives and marketing and public relations personnel.
We are in the trenches working hand-in-hand with these guys every day, said Sportexe CEO and President Mark Nicholls. One would be hard-pressed to find people more in tune with the football-coaching industry than us. We keep a close eye on whats going on and we are excited to be able to acknowledge just a few of the games many outstanding achievers.
This years winners include:
- NFL: Sean Payton,
Saints New Orleans
- NCAA Division I-A: Art Briles,
- NCAA Division I-AA: David Bennett, Coastal
( Carolina Univ. ) Conway, S.C.
- NCAA Division II: Billy OBoyle,
College ( Chadron State ) Neb.
- NCAA Division III: Frank
& Miriello, Washington ( Lee University ) Va.
- NAIA: Dino Kaklis,
( Bethel College ) Tenn.
- Junior College: Brad Franchione,
( Blinn College ) Brenham, Texas
- High School: Bill Redell,
Oaks Christian ( Westlake Village ) Calif.