|Alma Mater:||Presbyterian (1990)|
Bobby Bentley is in his second season as the head coach at his alma mater. He is the only head coach in PC’s tenure in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Bentley’s first Blue Hose squad concluded 2007 with a winning record of 6-5.
PC finished its first year under Bentley ranked third nationally in both passing yards and total offense.
PC ended the year passing for an average of 347 yards per contest, while also racking up an average of 481.91 total yards of offense.
In total as team, PC ended 2007 in the top 15 in four major offensive statistical categories. The Blue Hose were 11th in scoring in the nation at 36.80 points per game and 15th in the country in passing efficiency with a rating of 149.18.
The Blue Hose broke three PC team game records, two PC team season records, three PC individual game records and two PC individual season records in 2007.
PC finished the year with 5,290 yards of total offense to become the first team in school history to claim more than 5,000 total yards in a season. The Blue Hose also scored the most points in school history in 2007, netting 404 points in its 11 games.
The Hurlin’ Hose were especially prolific in 2007 in the friendly confines of Bailey Memorial Stadium. The Blue Hose averaged 704 yards of offense per game in its three wins inside Bailey Memorial Stadium in 2007. They set a school record for passing yards in a win over North Greenville when Tim Webb passed for 648 yards against the Crusaders.
The 648 yards passing by Webb in the Blue Hose victory over the Crusaders garnered the Lugoff, S.C. native national recognition. The passing yards would have been the FCS record, but due to PC’s transition into NCAA Division I the mark will only go down in the Blue Hose record books. Nevertheless, Webb’s performance was featured in USA Today, SI.com, ESPN.com and The New York Times.
Webb, who finished the year with the best completion percentage in PC history at 73 percent, also passed for seven touchdowns in the NGU game. The seven touchdown passes set the individual school record and tied for the most touchdown passes in a single PC game.
Webb’s record-setting day against the Crusaders was just one of many Blue Hose records to go down at Bailey Memorial Stadium. In fact, the Blue Hose totaled a program-high 795 yards in the win over Pikeville in September.
The Blue Hose single game records are not just confined to the offense. Antwan Thomas set the Blue Hose record for total tackles in a game with 15 in PC’s victory over VMI.
On special teams, field goal kicker and freshman Cam Miller concluded his first year in a Blue Hose uniform with the best field goal percentage in Blue Hose history at .777 (7-for-9).
Overall, in Bentley’s first season three players earned postseason awards. Terrance Butler was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Sports Network, while Caleb Massengill won an academic honor. He was named an ESPN The Magazine District Three First Team Member.
Sherman Burnett earned two different postseason awards. He was selected to the Big South Conference’s All-Academic Team and was tabbed to the Orangeburg Times & Democrat’s All-State squad.
Bentley, a 1990 alumnus of PC and formerly the head football coach and director of athletics at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., was introduced as the first NCAA Football Championship Subdivision head football coach in PC’s history in January of 2007. Bentley accepted a four-year contract.
A 1986 Byrnes alumnus, Bentley served as an assistant coach for the Rebels from 1990-1994 and was named head coach in 1995. His teams compiled a 107-52 record during the next 12 years and tied a South Carolina record by winning four consecutive Class AAAA Division II state football championships from 2002 through 2005.
Following the team’s fourth state title, Bentley was honored as Nike’s national Coach of the Year. He also was named as the South Carolina Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2006.
The Rebels’ 2006 season included a nationally televised victory over Glades (Fla.) High School and a win over Moeller High School of Cincinnati in the Ohio vs. USA Kirk Herbstreit Challenge. Byrnes was ranked as high as second nationally in 2006 by USA Today and finished with an 11-2 record - its only losses coming once during the regular season and once in the playoffs at the hands of eventual state champion Gaffney High School.
Bentley and his wife, the former Paulette West, are the parents of five children: Chas, 15; Shuler, 12; Jacob, 9; and 3-year-old twins Brooks and Emily.