LaRon Bennett has been named Belhaven University Head Men's and Women's Track & Field Coach, as announced by Vice President and Director of Athletics, Scott Little. "LaRon brings a deep love for our University mission and a unique blend of elite coaching and competitive experience", said Little. "We are excited to have him join our staff team and lead us into a dynamic future for track and field on our campus."
Bennett has a highly decorated career on the track, both collegiately and professionally. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he was a three-time NCAA All-American in the 400 meter hurdles and was also named Team Captain. As an assistant at Georgia, he assisted in coaching 18 NCAA All-Americans, coordinated all aspects of campus recruiting visits, monitored team community service projects and helped facilitate annual summer track camps.
Professionally, Bennett competed in the 400 meter hurdles in four United States Olympic Trials (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) with a semifinal appearance in 2012. He was a Silver Medalist in the 4x400 Relay and a Bronze Medalist in the 400 Meter Hurdles at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He finished sixth in the 400 meter hurdles at the USATF Championships in 2010.
Bennett and his family join the Blazers from Des Moines, Iowa, where he has most recently worked with Men's & Women's Track & Field at Grand View University (NAIA). While with the Vikings, he coached six student-athletes to NAIA All-American honors in addition to a Men's Outdoor Team Conference Championship. He also served as the Deputy Associate Director for the Willkie House community center in Des Moines.
Coach Bennett spent 2012-2017 on the staff at NCAA Division I Drake University as both an Assistant Track Coach and later the interim Co-Head Men's and Women's Track & Field Coach. He gave leadership to a program of over 60 student-athletes and 4 assistant coaches, from academic support to budget management to team travel. He was also an active committee member of the renown Drake Relays. During his tenure, Drake student-athletes earned 9 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Elite 18 awards, given on the basis of the highest GPA combined with the highest event finisher at the conference meet. He coached 9 student-athletes in NCAA first round competition with 4 MVC champions.
From 2009-2012 he worked at North Oconee High School in Bogart, Georgia, as a Track and Football Coach. He coached boys' and girls' teams to back-to-back Region titles, and in 2010 led the girls' squad to a State Championship, while the boys' team earned a 3rd place finish.
Originally from Brunswick, Georgia, LaRon Bennett becomes the third Head Coach in the history of the Belhaven Men's and Women's Track & Field program.
LaRon brings a deep love for our University mission and a unique blend of elite coaching and competitive experience