Distinguished Alumni 2000

Bennie Bennett

Bennett, BennieBennie Bennett received his bachelor of science degree in physical education at Winthrop in 1981. He later earned a master's degree in educational administration and supervision. When men's basketball was started at Winthrop, was a member of the first team and was the first male to score 1,000 points. As a player, he received numerous honors and was elected team captain his senior year.

Upon graduating, Bennie began his career teaching physical education and coaching junior varsity basketball in Clover. He moved to Fort Mill High School to teach physical education and coach basketball at the high school level. He returned to Clover to become head basketball coach at Clover High School and served as an administrative assistant. He was later appointed assistant principal and athletic director at Clover High School. In 1998, he became principal of Clover High School, a position he currently holds.

Bennie was named Regional Basketball Coach of the Year five times. He was selected as a mentor principal by the South Carolina Department of Education. Other activities include United Way volunteer, mentor in the Big Brother program, and a member of the York County Board of Disabilities. In 1997, Bennie received an Excellence in Education Award given by the College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences at Winthrop University.