Virginia Tech Athletics Department
Merryman Athletic Center
25 Beamer Way
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Responsibilities: Provide individual counseling to student-athletes; work with teams to improve cohesion and performance; assist Danny White in the Leadership Institute; consult with coaches, sports medicine staff, nutrition, and administration regarding student-athlete needs; and provide 24-hour on-call coverage.
Joined VT Athletics Staff: 2007
At Virginia Tech: When he first started working in Athletics, there were only a handful of schools in the country that had a licensed psychologist working in the department. It took a while to get established and gain the trust of coaches and other staff as well as the student-athletes. The first couple of years, maybe 50-60 athletes came for services. Over time, those numbers have steadily grown—this past year almost 250 athletes sought services through the office. VT Athletics has served as a model to other schools trying to develop similar services.
Prior to Virginia Tech: Bennett worked in a psychiatric hospital.
Education: B.A. English, Centre College, 1981; PhD Psychology, University of Kentucky, 1995.
Of Note: Bennett played baseball during his time at Centre
Personal: Bennett grew up in Lexington, KY bus has called Blacksburg home for the past 21 years. He enjoys hiking, working out, and playing golf.