There will be a new but familiar face on the football sidelines at Faris Brannen Stadium this fall, but it will be on the sidelines, not the playing field this time.
Shannon Benton has been named the new Bulldogs coach, announced Wednesday by Middle Senior High School Principal Kyle Windham.
Benton is a 2001 Frostproof graduate, and most recently was serving as linebackers coach for Southeastern University in Lakeland, which is starting football as a varsity sport this year. The defensive coordinator at Southeastern is Richie Marsh, under whom Benton played in Frostproof when he was the head coach.
While at Frostproof, Benton was a four-sport letterman and honor student. He participated on several district, regional, and state championship teams, according to the school. In college, he was an All-American defensive back at Culver-Stockton University.
“We wanted to be systematic in our approach to hiring the right fit for our students, school, and community. We interviewed the best and most-deserving candidates and Shannon is the perfect match,” Windham said Wednesday. “From that collection of candidates, we employed the best person for this job. Our students and Bulldog fans will enjoy Shannon Benton and his leadership style. We are thrilled to have him leading our team.”
Before joining Southeastern, Benton spent two years as defensive coordinator at Lakeland Christian, and four years as defensive backs coach as Osceola High.
Complete coverage of the hiring will be published in next Wednesday’s Frostproof News.