Bennett Redell is the starting junior quarterback at Santa Ynez High School and the grandson of Bill Redell, the former football coach at Oaks Christian, Crespi and St. Francis.
“He’s a talented kid,” said the 78-year-old Redell, who last coached in 2014. “He has a good passing arm, is a good leader and has a 4.5 GPA.”
Bennett, a junior who has passed for 870 yards and nine touchdowns, is the son of Billy Redell, who was a center on Crespi’s 1986 championship team, went to UCLA, became a lawyer and now helps run the Solvang Bakery with his wife, Melissa.
Bennett has the greatest motivational tool to get his linemen to block: treats at the Solvang Bakery for no sacks.
Bennett’s brother, Bear, played for Santa Ynez, graduated from UCLA and is now headed to Nashville to become a country western singer. Bill, who’s a member of 10 Halls of Fame from his playing and coaching days, said Bear certainly didn’t get any of his singing talent from him.
“I sing like a canary,” he said.
Redell said he misses coaching “a little bit, but it was time for me to go.”
You’ll find him in the bleachers rooting for Bennett at Santa Ynez games.