CONWAY, SC (WMBF) During a press conference Friday evening at Coastal Carolina University, it was announced that Head Football Coach David Bennett has been relieved of his coaching duties and will be reassigned to another position within the university. Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek made the announcement around 7 p.m. Friday evening.
"This was, to date, the hardest decision I have had to make as President of this institution," DeCenzo said. "However, following an exhaustive review and assessment of our football program, I have concluded that new leadership is necessary to direct our program toward its goals. We will be forever grateful to David for shepherding our program from its beginning and developing our student-athletes into responsible members of our community."
"I was asked to complete a thorough evaluation of our football program that included a review of all on and off the field areas associated with the program," Yurachek said. "Upon finalizing this evaluation, it was decided that a change of leadership was necessary for our football program to continue to grow and achieve the level of success that is reflective of the investment the University has made in the program."
"A search for our new head coach will begin immediately with an aggressive timetable. I anticipate a significant level of interest from candidates across the country," Yurachek said.
Bennett has been the only head football coach at Coastal Carolina since the football program had its first season in 2003. His record was 63-39, but just 29-28 over the past five seasons and 15-12 in the Big South Conference. He also led CCU to Big South championships four times, including the Big South's only NCAA at-large playoff berth in 2006 and was named the league's Coach of the Year twice.
Prior to becoming the head football coach at CCU, Bennett was the head football coach at Catawba College for seven years.
This announcement comes after Wilson Beaver, Football Equipment Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University was arrested and charged with several forgery and embezzlement charges Friday morning. CCU said the charges against Beaver are not related to relieving Bennett of his coaching duties.