Richard Bennett was born in Savanna-La-Mar, Jamaica in 1958. He arrived in Canada in 1977 and started playing with FF Binbrook. As Richard’s reputation grew and his talents were noticed by many teams around the league. He played on such teams as the Hamilton Serbians, Serbian White Eagles of the NSL, Hamilton Steelers NSL, Hamilton United and Hamilton Slovenia. His longevity as a player saw him play in the Men’s Premier Division until the age of 50. Richard is now playing in the largest Old Timers league in Canada with Stoney Creek Proto SC. Richard also plays for the Classics in Burlington’s over 35 league.
Richard has lifted his fair share of trophies over the years: 5 Spectator Cups, HSSL Champuion, HSSL League Cup, HSSL Playoff Champions, OTSL Champion and won numerous teams Most Valuable Player awards.
Richard is also a very successful coach. He currently holds a CSA “C” license and has been the head coach of Mohawk College men’s team for the past 14 years. While at Mohawk he has won a bronze medal in 2003 in the OCAA provincial finals and has won Coach Of The Year twice in the Western Division and was also nominated for National Coach of the year. Richard coached Michelangelo SC in the Hamilton Premier League where he won the HSSL treble in 2002. Richard also coached in the youth division with Mount Hamilton, and in the Canusa games.
Richard currently resides in Hamilton with his wife Arlene and his 3 children, Ian, Andre, and Josh who are accomplished pro soccer players.