David Bennett has been tapped as Lexington County School District One's first-ever director of athletics.
Bennett earned a bachelor of science degree in history and social studies from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina; he went on to earn a master's degree in education from Clemson University.
In his new role with District One Bennett, who has been coaching since 1987, will be charged with coordinating the district's athletics calendar as well as reviewsing and rewriting as necessary the district's athletic handbook. He will also be involved with helping individual schools as they put annual athletic budgets in place; he will also work closely with school athletic directors throughout the year.
Bennett was appointed June 3 during a special meeting of the district's board of trustees. He has been serving since 2013 as athletic director and head football coach at River Bluff High School (RBHS). He will finish out the 2016 season at River Bluff before moving into his new position.
Since coming to RBHS, Bennett has led his teams to two state titles in competitive cheer and boy's varsity soccer. He has also helped them to several regional titles and seen coaches and players achieve a variety of awards and all-star team spots. Forty-five students involved in his athletic programs have signed national letters of intent to play college sports.
Bennett was instrumental in the development of Gators Reaching Out with Wisdom, a student leadership program for elementary students; he also recently earned the Lexington County Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Dal Shealy Coach of Influence Award and 2016 5-AAAA Region Athletic Director of the Year honors.
His coaching resume includes stints at Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina; Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina; Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina (where he is in the Sports Hall of Fame); Coastal Carolina University; and Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.