Mike Bennefield enters his first season at UAB, where he will coach the offensive line on head coach Bill Clark's staff.
Bennefield brings more than 20 years of coaching experience at the high school level to UAB and previously served on coach Clark's staff at Prattville High School. Most recently, Bennefield served as the offensive line coach at Jacksonville State under Clark for one season.
In the 2012 season with the Gamecocks, Bennefield's offensive line powered the Ohio Valley Conference's top rushing attack, leading the conference with 240.3 rushing yards per game.
Bennefield served as the head football coach and athletic director at Slocomb High School for two seasons. In his first season in 2011, he led his team to an 8-2 finish and the school's first appearance in the state playoffs since 2008. For his efforts in 2011, he was named the Wiregrass Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He followed with another playoff appearance in his final season at the helm, leading Slocomb to a 6-5 record and a first round appearance in the playoffs.
In 2000, he joined Clark's staff at Prattville High School, where he served as offensive line coach until 2011. While at Prattville, he helped lead the team to three consecutive Class 6A State Championships from 2006-2008 and two runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2009. IN 2007, he was a part of a coaching staff that led Prattville to a No. 2 ranking in the nation in the USA Today's national high school poll.
From 1994-1999, Bennefield served as the defensive coordinator at Oneonta High School. While at Oneonta, he led the team to two consecutive Blount County and Class 3A, Area 11 Championships in 1996 and 1997.
Bennefield got his start in coaching at Tuscaloosa County High School, where he coached defensive ends and served as the special teams coordinator from 1992-1994.
Bennefield served in the United States Military for eight years, where he earned veteran status during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and completed eight years of active reserve in April 1994. In 1991, he was honored with the Army Commendation Medal for job performance.
Bennefield earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Alabama in 1993 and completed his Master's in Education from the school in 2000.
Bennefield is married to the former Amy Baker and the couple has two sons, Mitchell (16) and Micah (14), and one daughter, Addison (7).