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Football coach who made headlines with fiery interview tapped to lead new Lex. Co. school's program

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LEXINGTON, SC (WMBF/WIS) – David Bennett has officially been hired as the athletic director and head football coach at River Bluff High School, according to district officials.

Bennett was approved by the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees in December, and today was officially hired for the position. He currently serves as the athletic director and guidance counselor at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach.

River Bluff High School is currently being built on Corley Mill Road. It will open for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Before coaching at Socastee, Bennett was responsible for starting Carolina Coastal University's football program, where he served as head football coach for 10 years, earning Big South Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2010.

In September, 2011 Bennett made headlines when he said his players should act more like dogs. It wasn't what he said, but how he said it that turned some heads. A YouTube video of the clip has been viewed on the internet over 1.5 million times.

The video also made its way to ESPN and helped facilitate an interview for the fiery coach on a sports talk radio station in Australia. By the way, Coastal Carolina went on that week to beat Catawba 20-3.

In his 25 years of educational experience, Bennett's overall coaching record is 126-56.

Bennett received his bachelor's degree in history and social studies from Presbyterian College and his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson University, while also serving as a graduate assistant football coach under Danny Ford.

He has been honored as a 2011 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ring of Honor Inductee, FCS Board President and Phil Clark Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a 2010 Catawba College Hall of Fame Inductee, 2008–2011 FCS Board Member and 2011 FCS President.

Bennett formed a foundation called the Collin's Kids David Bennett Foundation in honor of his son's best friend, who was killed in a four-wheeler accident.

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