WORK HARD. BE NICE.
Bennie currently coaches all levels of fitness programs at the Performance Lab in Abilene, TX. As the Performance Lab Coach, Bennie coaches and mentors high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, and all ages of adults who quickly realize Bennie has a passion for helping them lead healthy lifestyles by enjoying the many great benefits of working fitness in to their lives.
Bennie joined the Texas Longhorns staff in January 2011 as head strength and conditioning coach for football for three years. Before Texas, Bennie spent one season as football head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tennessee after serving the previous seven seasons at Texas Tech University under the same title.
Prior to his tenure at Texas Tech, Bennie was an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys for four seasons under another one of his mentors–Joe Juraszek. His first assignment with the Cowboys was to prepare Emmitt Smith for the upcoming season. In addition, Wylie spent the spring seasons heading the Dallas Desperados arena football team. The Cowboys had nine Pro Bowl selections during Wylie’s four seasons in Dallas.
Bennie would be remiss not to include all the great athletes he has had the privilege of coaching, his mentors, and the outstanding coaches that have shared his path–Kent Morgan, Blair Prince, Aaron Uzzell, Yoseph Zendrei, Caesar Martinez, and Anna Craig. Bennie is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association and the Titleist Performance Institute. He graduated from Sam Houston State University, where he was a four-year letterman in football from 1994-97. It was here that his career began under the tutelage of his strength and conditioning coach and friend, Ben Pollard. Wylie was an All-Southland Conference running back and team captain as a senior in 1997 after averaging 4.8 yards per carry and leading the Bearkats in rushing. In 1994, he was named the Bearkats’ Freshman of the Year. He received a degree in kinesiology in 1999.
Bennie and his wife, the former Jennifer Small of Plano, Texas, have twin sons, and a daughter.