Virginia Tech Athletics Department
Merryman Athletic Center
25 Beamer Way
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Responsibilities: Bennett meets with student-athletes on an individual basis for personal counseling and to discuss the mental aspects of their life as it relates to their sports. He also works on team building, communication and performance enhancement. Bennett has taught and supervised pre-doctoral level interns.
Joined VT Athletics Staff: 2000 (full time since 2007).
At Virginia Tech: Bennett began working at Virginia Tech in 1995 at the Cook Counseling Center. Now, as the sport psychologist, he also serves on the committees for nutrition, performance and substance abuse; and the planning committee for the “Summit for Student-Athlete Success” events. He also works with various teams in the area of performance enhancement.
Education: Centre (Ky.) College, 1981 (B.A. in English), where he played baseball; University of Kentucky, 1988 (master’s in rehabilitation counseling); University of Kentucky, 1995 (doctorate in counseling psychology).
Of Note: Bennett is licensed as a clinical psychologist and has additional training in sport psychology. He is certified as a sport psychology consultant by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and is a member of Division 47 (exercise and sport psychology) of the American Psychology Association.
Personal: Bennett lives in Blacksburg and enjoys playing golf and basketball, as well as hiking and skiing, in his spare time.