Stepping in as Mullen’s fourth head football coach in as many seasons, Jeremy Bennett knows he has work to do to restore the shine on the Mustangs’ program.
Mullen has won seven state titles but none since 2010, and has endured three straight losing seasons as winning ways, and overall stability, have been recently lacking at de La Salle Stadium.
“The struggles of late — that’s not what or who Mullen is,” Bennett said. “Right now, it’s a group of players and outstanding young men who don’t know who to trust or what to do right now, and that’s no reflection on any one person or me saying anything bad about previous coaching staffs. That’s just the way they feel, and it’s got to be all of us that get after this and get Mullen football back to where it was.”
Bennett comes to Mullen after 15 years as the head coach at D’Evelyn, where he amassed a 103-56 record. Prior to that, he was a scout in the Arena Football League, the defensive coordinator at Standley Lake and Jefferson, and played linebacker at Western State and Centaurus.
The 47-year-old credits his coaching base for landing his “dream job”, and said his favorite memory at D’Evelyn was the Jaguars’ run to the Class 3A semifinals in 2008, his fourth year at the school.
“That junior and senior class paved the way for our turnaround, even when they were young,” Bennett said. “Those (2008) seniors were freshmen my first year at the school, and in taking that ride with them all the way to losing to Fort Morgan in the semifinals, they put the school back on the football map.”
Bennett was introduced to the Mullen players Thursday. He said that while he’s still in the initial stages of forming his staff, many of his D’Evelyn assistants will be coming with him to the school where he wants to end his career.
“I’m an extremely loyal guy — so one day, I want to hand my keys in as an old man and walk away from it, and that’s what I hope to do at Mullen High School,” Bennett said.
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports