Forsyth Central football coach Bennett resigns

Forsyth Central head football coach Chris Bennett has resigned after seven seasons.

Forsyth Central was 2-8 in 2012 and 20-50 in Bennett’s seven seasons. Central has not had a winning season or playoff appearance since 2001.

During Bennett’s tenure, West Forsyth (2007) and Lambert (2009) have opened in Forsyth County. Only West Forsyth (9-1) had a winning record this season.

Bennett  is a graduate of Forsyth Central. Bennett will continue to be a professional staff member at Forsyth Central. He is the brother of Cambridge head coach Craig Bennett.

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Hubert Green

November 15th, 2012
10:15 am

Knute Rockne, Vince Lombardie, and Don Shula combined could not win at that school. He should have a statue raised for winning 20 games.

Dilligas

November 15th, 2012
11:31 am

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Dilligas

November 15th, 2012
11:38 am

Agreed Hubert. It is a shame what the Board of Ed. has allowed to happen to Central over the years. Forcing them to play up in classification, steadily shrinking their attendance zone, a liberal transfer policy to the Garden of Eden at West Forsyth..etc. etc. Central’s kids deserve a chance no less than any other school in Forsyth. Although the Board has improved Central’s facilities recently it needs to get some backbone and stand up to all the misinformation about Central’s academics, arts, faculty and staff with Parents.

Hubert Green

November 15th, 2012
12:16 pm

Folks are very naive if they don’t think good football players have moved to West Forsyth. I promise you they have had a number of county all stars find their way to West. Guaranteed. Forsyth Central had no chance. Coach Bennett did yeoman’s work there to win 20.

Mike Weiford

November 15th, 2012
1:09 pm

I have officiated many games at Central over the past 5 seasons and Coach Bennett has always been a class act. Good luck in your future endeavors.

Randy Chester

November 15th, 2012
2:57 pm

Coach Bennett has done a great job as Head Football Coach at Forsyth Central. Forsyth Central has lost enrollment when West Forsyth and Lambert opened that is true. It is correct that when West opened it did pull players from all sports out of the three high schools(North, South & Central). But the Forstyh BOE allowed the kids to transfer even out of district kids. Not looking at Coach Bennet’s W/L records and watching his teams play on Friday nights they have always played hard every game. That says alot about your leadership from players and Coaches. Coach Bennett had to rebuild his program TWO times in seven years due to new high schools being opened in the county that pulled from his current players. In these conditions Hubert Green is correct
The real question is did Coach Bennett resign or was he pressured to leave?

Two GREAT MEN and coaches for students, players and parents to be around have resigned from Central. ( Coach Steve Barnes & Coach Chris Bennett)
I hope the Forsyth County BOE is taking notes and question the leadership at Forsyth Central and the direction that they are headed?
GREAT JOB Chris and hope the best for you and your family

Simone Taylor

November 15th, 2012
3:51 pm

As the mother of a former FCHS football player I wish Coach Bennett the best of luck in whatever he decides to do in the future. He was not only my son’s football coach but his
History teacher as well. When the new schools opened I asked my son if he wanted to
go to one of the new schools and his reply was, “No mom, I want to stay with my team”. Trust me, there was talent and loyalty on that team!

Sawnee1

November 15th, 2012
8:48 pm

There’s been many good coaches – who were also good men – leave that school over the past couple of years. The BOE should take notice of that and question “why”. The answer that they will find is that the administration at Forsyth Central is completely incompetent.
Coach Bennett couldn’t do anything about the new schools opening and the attendance zones, all he could do was coach the kids at Central. And he did that as good as anybody could have.
Coach Bennett – we love you!

Put me in coach

November 16th, 2012
10:07 am

Maybe they will give it to Coach Dirst, he always seems to have all the answers. However, don’t be fooled, he is a big part of the problem with athletics at the school. He sure is not a team player.

Good luck Coach Bennett.

Principal Skinner

November 16th, 2012
2:25 pm

Central is the place where boys’ coaches’ careers go to die

Bench Warmer

November 16th, 2012
2:35 pm

If you gave the administration at Forsyth Central two ball bearings, they would loose one and break the other. They are a perfect fit for Atlanta Public School System. Coach Bennett job well done.

Concerned Bulldog

November 16th, 2012
9:28 pm

I hope that the board of education will realize what the real problem is at Forsyth Central. Doesn’t take a genius to understand there is a serious problem with leadership. Good, experienced teachers and coaches are leaving or being pushed out and the kids who counted on strong, positive role models are the ones who will suffer. It’s not just coaches, but veteran teachers are leaving the school as well. Scary how just two or three people can really screw up a good place and effect so many people in a bad way.

Bulldog Mom

November 19th, 2012
9:50 am

Coach Bennett is a wonderful man, and as the mom of a current player can tell you that he was a true role model for my son and the other players. My son said he has not heard one player say that they were glad he is gone. He was truly respected by the players. He did the best he could given the circumstances that Central has been put in…..Central is a wonderful place to be and I hope and pray that the next coach cares for these young men as much as Coach Bennett did. Thanks Coach Bennett for sticking by these boys and making a difference in their lives!

DawgCrew

November 19th, 2012
10:55 am

‘Hubert Green’… You, like so many others in Forsyth County, must be a ‘win at all costs’, ‘keeping up with Jones’, kind of guy. Believe it or not, people do choose schools for far more than win records. Central is a great school that has been constantly maligned over the years. It’s guys like you, that produce young men who have no respect or appreciation for history or tradition. Instead you and yours are caught up in the ‘hype’. You couldn’t pay me to send my kids to West. Thankful for Coach Bennett and all of the other Coaches, Teachers & Admin. at Central. It’s a Great Day to be a Bulldog!

WTG49

November 19th, 2012
3:57 pm

@ Hubert Green- Maybe you ought to look at West Forsyth roster and realize these boys(starters, specifically) have been playing ball together in the SAME district since they were 5/6…they are currently 52-8 since freshman season (West 2nd year)nobody has transferred to West to get onto a winning team-

Central began to go down hill as far back as the late 90’s…maybe it’s good that Coach Bennett has moved on… just sayin’

Bulldog alumni

November 19th, 2012
10:44 pm

Thats enough people this is not about who played where this is about a very good man and coach who did a great job ( with what he had). But what really bothers me and should a lot of people, I do not think Coach Bennett willingly resined, Their is some things going on at Central and it’s not the best thing for our school, we had better start askings questions and get some answers. I like some other posts,it time for the BOE to take a good look at what’s going on at Central. Let’s make our voices heard.

Optimistic

November 20th, 2012
10:14 am

Unfortunately, this is part of being a coach, and it’s doesn’t matter how good, caring, or kind a person is at the end of the day, in that career choice. Let me add, that he RESIGNED. Therefore, no amount of “let’s make our voices heard” will change that fact. I have heard only positive comments regarding changes to the overall Athletic program and it’s improvement. Finally, decisions are being made for the better of our programs. Most people can’t believe it’s taken this long. Being comfortable with losing is unacceptable, and as I looked around the stands on Friday nights, that’s what I observed. We have good athletes at Central, and they have the potential to be contenders. Change is good, if you are open minded to it. If you are not, you must have a personal vested interest.

BulldogSupporter

November 20th, 2012
12:52 pm

Don’t kid yourselves about the “talented Steve Barnes” bball coach @ Central for many years. Saw him lose a 24 pt lead in the fourth quarter to Creekview last year. His “daddy ball” got him no where despite having a talented 7 footer who has now moved on to the college ranks. Some of us thought Coach Bennett might have been too much of a gentlemen and not the bare knuckles, clinched fisted man you need at the helm. Never was a “friend” with my most significant and successful coaches. That came afterwards…

Concerned Bulldog

November 21st, 2012
9:14 am

‘Optimistic’ – you can’t be serious. “Unfortunately, this is part of being a coach, and it’s doesn’t matter how good, caring, or kind a person is at the end of the day, in that career choice.”
Really? You seriously believe that? If so, then you need to take some personal inventory of your priorities. You also aren’t listening if you only hear “positive comments”. Only kidding yourself on that one pal. By your comment, I’d say YOU are the one with a vested interest.

Optimistic

November 21st, 2012
9:39 am

Yes ‘Concerned Bulldog’ I do believe that, and you obviously are naive to think otherwise. What would the world of sports be like with your philosophy? So, we kept people in positions that suck at their job performance soley because they are kind and caring? Come on. Your defensive reply above speaks volume for what I said about vested interest. Let it go man, OR WOMAN, since your so sensitive…

Bulldog alumni

November 21st, 2012
12:21 pm

Looks like optimistic is getting very defensive, what’s his problem or is he the problem.