Scott Bennett Named Assistant Track & Field Coach

Oct. 19, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State director of track & field and cross country Elvis Forde announced the hiring of Scott Bennett, as an assistant coach Thursday. Bennett joins the staff, after spending the majority of his tenure at Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Minnesota, where he coached the throwing events.

"We are glad to have Scott joining our staff," Forde said. "He has had a multitude of wonderful experiences at those respective institutions. He steps into a great opportunity here with our throwers being able to work with Tim Glover, Curt Jensen and Brittany Smith. His experience will help bolster our recruiting efforts and continue the successes we have had as a program here at Illinois State."

Bennett joins the staff after spending the last year at Forest Lake High School in Forest Lake, Minn. Prior to that, Bennett spent a year at Wisconsin-Stout (2009-10), where he coached four All-Americans and a national champion. From 2004-08, Bennett coached at Minnesota, where mentored nine All-Americans across six events, including 2007 USA Champion and 2008 Olympian Shani Marks. At the conference level, Bennett worked with nine Big Ten champions who broke six school records in the process.

Before his trek to Minneapolis, Minn., Bennett had a one-year stint (2002-03) as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech. In his one season, he helped the Yellow Jacket throwers earn an All-America certificate in the hammer, as well as Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles in the hammer and weight throw.

From 1998-2002, Bennett spent his time in Knoxville, Tenn., as an assistant track & field coach for the Lady Vols in charge of the throwing events. During his time there, Bennett continued to coach national-elite throwers to international acclaim. He also coached the Tennessee women to six All-American certificates and three Southeastern Conference (SEC) individual championships.



Prior to his stint at Tennessee, Bennett spent four years (1993-96) at Wake Forest, where he was in charge of coaching and recruiting for men's and women's throws, jumps, sprints and multi-events. He coached the Demon Deacons to two NCAA Individual National Championships in the discus and shot put, six All-America recognitions and 10 ACC titles across five disciplines.

Along the way, Bennett also made coaching stops at Wisconsin (1989-93), Kansas State (1985-89) and Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1983-84). At Kansas State, he worked with Kenny Harrison, who won the gold medal in the triple jump at the 1996 Olympic Games, setting the current American and Olympic records (59-04.00) in the process. Prior to the Olympics, he coached Harrison to a gold medal at the 1991 World Championships and the 1990 Goodwill games, as well as three NCAA titles and 11 All-American honors.

Bennett has also been involved in a number of special projects of United States Track & Field, which included numerous presentations and panel discussions on the shot put at national and international conferences. He served as the director of a number of closed camps at Wake Forest that featured clinicians John Powell, Brian Oldfield and Andy Bloom.

Bennett graduated from Wisconsin in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. While in school, he was a member of the Badgers' football and track & field teams. In 1984, Bennett earned his masters of science degree in human performance from Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Bennett is replacing Reedus Thurmond, who returned home to Alabama for family reasons. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.