Chris Bentley begins his first season on the CSU women's soccer staff as an assistant coach.
Bentley joins Head Coach Bill Hempen and Assistant Coach Kelly Labor, after nine years of coaching at the Division I, II and III levels.
Bentley began his collegiate coaching career at Ripon College (NCAA Division III), where he was an assistant coach for the men's soccer team. After a year at Ripon College, Bentley moved up the ranks and accepted the job of associate head coach for the men's and women's soccer teams at Delta State University (NCAA Division II).
At DSU, Bentley helped take the teams to new heights, where both programs set records for most wins in a season. His women's side finished the 2006 season ranked 5th in the NCAA's Top 20 Most-Improved Programs. After two years at Delta State, Bentley was afforded the opportunity to take over the assistant coach position at Troy University (NCAA Division I).
After just one season as an assistant coach, Bentley was promoted to head coach, where he helped guide the team to five-consecutive Sun Belt Conference Championship berths. After totaling just 50 wins and only one post-season appearance in its 11 seasons before Bentley took over as head coach, the program amassed 54 wins in 6 years under his direction, making him the all-time winningest soccer coach at Troy. In addition to posting the best 6-year winning span in program history, Bentley's teams earned the NSCAA Team Academic in each of his 6 years in charge.
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Bentley earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his Master's Degree from Delta State University. In addition, Bentley has earned the USSF "A" License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, National Goalkeeping Diploma and NSCAA National Youth Diploma. He has been a staff coach for the State (AL & MS), Region III and Super Y National Olympic Development Program's. He has also served as a coaching educator at his prior stops, teaching the USSF E & D Licenses.
Bentley and his wife, Ann Renee', married in 2008.They have one child (John Turner), and currently reside in Fort Collins, Colo.
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