Bennie Wylie, a native of Mexia, Texas, has come full circle and returned to his home state as the current head strength and conditioning coach for football at the University of Texas-Austin. Wylie, a graduate of Sam Houston State University, was also a football letterman from 1994-1997 as a running back. He was selected “Freshman of the Year” in 1994 and All-Southland Conference honors during his senior season in 1997.
In 1998, Wylie was named Interim Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for his alma mater, followed by a three-year stint as Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Dallas Cowboys under former Head Coach Chan Gailey. During his career in Dallas, Wylie coached players such as Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, and in 1999 the team earned a playoff appearance. In 2002, during his last year with the Cowboys, Wylie also worked as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Dallas Desperados arena football team.
Wylie returned to the collegiate level at Texas Tech University as the Head Strength Coach in 2003 under former coach Mike Leach. For the next seven years, Texas Tech accumulated a 46-18 record, with the highlight being an 11-2 record in 2008, and a trip to the Cotton Bowl. Following his career in Lubbock, Wylie became the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Tennessee during the 2009- 2010 season under Coach Derek Dooley.
In January of 2011, Wylie moved to another UT and to a darker shade of orange when he came to the In University of Texas. A believer in “hard-nosed work,” Wylie is known for his ability to follow his team through their weight-room and conditioning workouts. Legends have developed about Wylie running and lifting with various football groups throughout the course of a day. As a philosophy, Wylie believes this allows him to fully experience what the athlete endures on a daily basis during the off-season.
In accordance, Wylie is known to program high intensity weight room sessions to better mimic a more game like setting for the players.
In addition to his work ethic, Wylie has coached more than fifteen NFL draft picks, including Michael Crabtree, Keenan Robinson, Kheeston Randall, and Emmanuel Acho. He has also coached a Biletnikoff award winner in Michael Crabtree, and an AT&T All-American Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist in Graham Harrell.
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