April 7, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) has announced that University of Wyoming head strength and conditioning coach Scott Bennett will be recognized as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach at the organization's National Conference on May 11, 2006, in Salt lake City, Utah.
The Master Strength and Conditioning Coach is the highest honor awarded by the CSCCa. Dr. Chuck Stiggins, Executive Director of the CSCCa describes its Master Strength and Conditioning Coach award as follows, "It represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise, as well as longevity in the field. It is undoubtedly the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength and conditioning coach."
"I can't say enough good things about Scott (Bennett) and what he's done for our student-athletes," said UW head football coach Joe Glenn. "The kids love him, respect him and work hard for him. He has tremendous rapport with both our athletes and coaches. He's worthy of every accolade he gets."
"This award is one of the most prestigious of my career," said Bennett. "I owe a lot of thanks to the University of Wyoming for the opportunity to do what I love as such a special place. Without the support of the coaches and the administration, as well as the work ethic of our student-athletes and the rest of the strength staff, an honor like this would have never come my way. I am very thankful for my opportunity here, and am extremely humbled by such recognition."
Bennett is entering his ninth year as head strength coach at UW. Prior to coming to Wyoming, he was the head strength coach at Marshall University for two years. Bennett began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant strength coach at Ole Miss. The native of Tunica, Miss., then moved on to Clemson for three and one half years. He was an assistant strength coach at Virginia Tech for three years, before accepting the head position at Marshall in 1996. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Mississippi where he earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education. Bennett went on to earn his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson University in 1993.
Bennett was previously honored as the 1997 College Division Strength Coach of the Year by Wynmore Fitness Systems, and was nominated for the 2002 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Professional of the Year. Prior to Wyoming's appearance in the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, Bennett earned Coach Practitioner Distinction from the NSCA. Bennett was recently named Column Editor for the NSCA Journal "College Coaches Corner".
Bennett is married to the former Jennifer Anderson. They have two sons, Tucker and Charles.