Ben Fentress is widely known as one of the top specialist recruiting consultants in the United States. His “whatever it takes" approach to recruiting helps athletes, nationwide, sign scholarships and PWOs. As a former FCS/FBS Special Teams Coach (Montana State & Wyoming), Fentress has a deep understanding of recruiting specialists. His extensive relationships with college coaches allows him to place specialists in schools that are ideal academic/athletic fits. Hundreds of specialists from all levels of football (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA) have benefitted from Ben Bentress and the service he provides.
As a coach, Ben Fentress joined the Wyoming coaching staff in July, 2018 after spending two seasons as a special teams consultant for Montana State University. In 2018, he helped coach Cowboy place kicker, Cooper Rothe, earn First Team All-Mountain West honors, 2018 Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, and Lou Groza Award finalist, given to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker each year. Rothe made 16/17 field goals and finished first in the nation in FG percentage (94.1%). Fentress was involved in creating special teams scouting reports, practice plans, recruiting, and specialist film review.
While at Montana State University, he coached punter Jered Padmos who was named Second Team All-Big Sky Conference. Padmos averaged 42.5 yards per punt and ranked 15th in the FCS in punting in 2016 as a freshman. In his two years at MSU, the Bobcats ranked nationally in net punting average (18th in 2016 and 17th in 2017).
Fentress experience outside college football is equally as impressive. He works with various NFL, XFL, USFL and CFL free-agent kickers and punters during his time coaching at pro development camps. Additionally, Fentress coached high school football for 8 years for Aspen and Basalt High schools in Colorado. He coached special teams, wide receivers, and defensive backs. While at Basalt High Fentress coached kicker Bertilio Garcia to All-State honors 3 years in a row.
Fentress started his college playing career at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. After his first season, APSU discontinued scholarship football. Fentress then transferred to Arkansas State University, and ultimately, Maryville College in Tennessee.
Before starting a career in football, Coach Fentress worked in the ski industry. He spent 10 years working for The Aspen Skiing Company, where he was one of the most requested instructors in the company. He was eventually promoted to ASC’s Business Development Board, where he oversaw the creation of lesson products and was integral in creating business development training for instructors. Fentress also taught for The Yellowstone Club, Big Sky Resort, and Mammoth Mountain.
Ben Fentress is from Decatur, AL and currently resides in Wyoming with his partner Laura and their 2 dogs. He spends most of his free time studying languages and getting lost in the Rocky Mountains.