Hurdles cleared for Bennett to accept Socastee AD job

As GrandStrandSportsReport.com was first to report on June 24, former Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett will be named the next athletics director at Socastee High in the near future.

Bennett’s recommendation by Socastee principal Dr. Paul Browning has been confirmed and forwarded to Horry County Schools and issues regarding Bennett’s teaching certificate have been cleared up by his passing of a recertification test. Those issues will allow him to replace outgoing AD Roger Dixon later this month, pending final approval by the school board.

Bennett has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and social studies from Presbyterian College and a masters in guidance and counseling from Clemson. He was certified to teach in South Carolina as an assistant at Goose Creek High earlier in his career but needed to pass the test to be current.

Bennett became a candidate for the job following his firing in December with a 63-39 career record and five years remaining on his 10-year deal. He received a buyout of $925,000 but has indicated that he wants to continue his career in athletics.

Bennett considered a run for the new 7th Congressional District but opted against a career change to politics. He served as a volunteer assistant boys golf coach at Conway High, where son Jeb plays.

As for a return to coaching, Horry County Schools regulations forbid ADs from also holding a head coaching post. Conway AD and football coach Chuck Jordan is the lone leftover from when the rule was grandfathered in.

Socastee football coach Tim Renfrow gave up his AD post years ago to serve as head football coach for the Braves. His youngest son, Hunter, is a rising junior on the squad so he is expected to coach for at least two more seasons.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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