Marshall University Head Football Coach Doc Holliday announced the hiring of Scott Bennett as the school's head strength and conditioning coach in January of 2011.
"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 1997 Mid-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).
He earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education with a double major in sports medicine and sport management from Ole Miss, and his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson.
Bennett has two sons, Tucker and Charles.