Darren Bennett remains head football coach at Tulare High following his arrest last week in Visalia on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Tulare Joint Union High School District Superintendent Sarah Koligian released the following statement Monday concerning the Redskins’ 19-year coach:
“Darren Bennett has contributed much to the school district as a head football coach, and to the lives of many students in Tulare. The district is aware of the alleged DUI citation and is conducting a thorough investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the district will take appropriate action.”
Bennett directed practice Monday as the Redskins (3-4, 2-0) prepare for an East Yosemite League game Friday at Porterville. He coached Tulare to a 36-33 win over Delano last Friday, three nights after police said he failed a field sobriety test near Sunnyside Avenue and Ben Maddox Way.
Bennett declined comment when reached after practice Monday.
Bennett, 49, was The Bee’s high school football Coach of the Year in 2008 and has a record of 159-94-1 in 23 seasons, including four at Central Valley Christian, according to Central Section historian Bob Barnett.