CONWAY, SC Coastal Carolina University head football coach David Bennett has received a contract extension that will keep him as the leader of the Chanticleer program through at least 2010, Coastal President Ronald R. Ingle announced today.
Bennett has signed a new five-year contract with a base pay of $110,000 for the 2005-06 year. The contract also includes built-in salary increases with an automatic one-year rollover. Additionally, the agreement includes improved contracts for assistant coaches, along with an incentive plan for the entire football program that rewards academic achievement, community service and athletic performance.
In just the program's second year of play, Bennett led the Chanticleers to a 10-1 record and the school's Big South Conference title in 2004 with a perfect 4-0 mark. The team was honored with 14 All-Big South selections, including eight First Team honorees. CCU also made its first-ever appearance in the four major national polls, finishing the regular season in the top 25 of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, The Sports Network and Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette and was receiving votes in the I-AA.org poll. He has a two-season record of 16-6 at Coastal Carolina and is 79-23 overall as a head coach, including seven years at Catawba.
He also was named the American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA) Region 2 Coach of the Year. The award's I-AA Region 2 includes coaches from the Big South Conference, Southern Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Among this year's honorees, Bennett was one of five coaches to have won the award previously, as Bennett won it three times at Catawba in 1995, 1999 and 2000.
Head Coach David Bennett
" I cant think of a better place to raise your family and build your football program. And this is not just our program, but it is the entire community's football program and we want to continue to make it something they can be proud of. We started this football program from the ground up and I wanted to see this program through. Coastal Carolina stuck with us in the beginning, and now we planning on being here for a while."
"This was not about me, but about the entire football program. This effort, led by our outstanding president Dr. Ronald Ingle, addresses everyone in the program and how we can enhance our coaches and staff. This will give us that chance, as there is a plan in place now for improved positions in the future, as well as some additional benefits for our staff. It shows the true 'family commitment' of Coastal Carolina University."
"I think the new contract will make a difference in recruiting. The question of how long we (the coaching staff as a whole) were going to be at Coastal was brought up by one of our potential recruits. If I tell them I will be at Coastal, then I plan on being at Coastal."
"This recruiting class will be very important. This will round it out for us, as this will be our fourth class. In 2002, we redshirted about seventeen players. In 2003, we brought in about fifteen. Last year we had about seventeen. This will be our fourth class and will give us a complete package to work with."
Bennetts Head Coaching Year-by-Year
Year School Record Highlights
1995 Catawba 7-3 SAC & AFCA Coach of the Year
1996 Catawba 9-2 SAC Championship
1997 Catawba 8-3
1998 Catawba 6-4
1999 Catawba 11-2 SAC Championship; NCAA D-II Playoffs, SAC Coach of the Year
2000 Catawba 11-1 SAC Championship; NCAA D-II Playoffs, SAC Coach of the Year, AFCA Region Coach of the Year
2001 Catawba 11-2 SAC Championship; NCAA D-II Playoffs and South Region Championship, advanced to national semifinals, SAC Coach of the Year, AFCA Region Coach of the Year
2002 Coastal Carolina n/a Developed program as first-ever coach
2003 Coastal Carolina 6-5 Winning record in schools inaugural season
2004 Coastal Carolina 10-1 Big South Championship, Big South Coach of the Year, AFCA Region Coach of the Year
Overall - Nine Years 79-23 5 Titles, 5 Coach of the Year Awards, 4 Region Coach of the Year