CarrSports Partners with St. Bonaventure in Hiring Joe Manhertz

St. Bonaventure names Joe Manhertz as Athletic Director

joe manhertzST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Joe Manhertz, associate director of athletics at Duke University, has been appointed the new director of athletics at St. Bonaventure University, Dr. Joseph Zimmer, acting president, has announced.

“We are all very excited to have Joe Manhertz join our leadership team as director of athletics,” Zimmer said. “His extensive experience in some of the premier programs in the country positions him well to lead St. Bonaventure’s Department of Athletics to even greater glory in the years to come.”

Manhertz was selected after a process led by a search committee consisting of members of the St. Bonaventure Department of Athletics and University staff and assisted by CarrSports Consulting. Barb Questa, interim athletics director, and Dick Penna, ’68, university trustee, co-chaired the committee.

The leader of Duke Athletics’ Major Gifts development arm, Manhertz brings an elite resume to Western New York, including 20 years working for universities in Power Five conferences while gaining experience at some of the nation’s athletics powerhouses.

He has spent the past decade in Durham, securing primary funding for Duke’s building initiatives, major improvements and long-term endowments. During that time, he led the creation and direction of the Duke Athletic Major Gift office while serving as a member of the Blue Devils’ senior leadership team responsible for the execution of the department’s strategic plan.

Manhertz was responsible for planning and directing the comprehensive campaign that spearheaded upgrades to Cameron Indoor Stadium, as well as Duke’s football stadium, its soccer/lacrosse and track and field facilities while also creating scholarships and endowments. Along with his fundraising efforts, he also served in an administrative role, helping to oversee the Duke baseball, men’s and women’s track/cross country and fencing programs.

“I am a passionate person and St. Bonaventure represented passion, how people feel about that place, the deep connections anyone associated with Bona’s has to the University,” Manhertz said. “To be a part of that is special. I am humbled to be a Bonnie and to help our student-athletes be successful in athletics and in life.

“I want to thank Dr. Zimmer and the search committee for this amazing opportunity and also my wife and kids for their support and the faith they have in me,” Manhertz said. “I also thank my staff here at Duke who have been so supportive of me: Dr. Kevin White (former vice president and director of athletics), as well as Dr. Vincent Price (university president), Nina King (vice president and director of athletics) and Tom Coffman (deputy director of athletics). I’d like to also thank Stan Wilcox (NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs), Mark Murphy (former director of athletics at Colgate and Green Bay Packers current president and CEO), Gene Smith (director of athletics at Ohio State) and Jake Crouthamel (former director of athletics at Syracuse). I’ve learned so much from all of them.”

Prior to his time at Duke, Manhertz previously served as the director of development for athletics at Ohio State University for three years, directing major gift activities for the Buckeyes Athletics program. He also spent seven years at Syracuse University in a development role, greatly increasing gift donations to the Orange basketball and football programs. His career path also led him to Hamilton College as associate director of leadership gifts.

“Being on campus at St. Bonaventure sealed the deal,” Manhertz said. “The people at Bonaventure are hungry to take the next step. Hearing the passion of the students, coaches and staff, what Bona’s means to them and what they think it can be perfectly aligns with where I think it can be. I look forward to getting to work taking Bonaventure Athletics to the next level.”

He also worked as an adjunct professor of sports marketing for the SUNY Cortland Sport Management program (2001-07) and served as a representative of the inaugural class of the NCAA Leadership Institute for Minority Males. Prior to his professional career, he interned with the National Football League Players Association.

Manhertz brings regional connections with him to St. Bonaventure. A 1996 graduate of Colgate University, Manhertz played both basketball and football for the Raiders and later earned a master’s degree in sport management in 1998 from Ohio State University. He has deep ties to the area, growing up in Fairport, N.Y., outside Rochester, where his mother still resides.

“Growing up in the Rochester area, I understand the love the people in the community have for Bonaventure and for Western New York and seeing it first-hand emphasized that. The connection is truly special,” Manhertz said, adding, “I am also excited to be back with the Bills Mafia.”

He is married to Pamela Koehler, a practicing attorney in Indiana who is also a Fairport native. The couple has a blended family with four children: Benton, Mallory, Joseph III (Trey) and Trevor.

Manhertz takes over the leadership of St. Bonaventure’s 19 Division I athletics programs and will oversee the University’s nearly 380 student-athletes.

An introductory press conference will be held in the coming days.

Further discussion regarding the new hire can be found here.

 


About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Kent State University chooses Randale Richmond as Athletic Director

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Kent State University chooses Randale Richmond as Athletic Director led by CarrSports Consulting Executive Search Team

"Randale Richmond embodies our Kent State commitment to graduating student-athletes and to winning championships, in that order. His enthusiasm for Kent State and for student-athlete success is infectious, and we welcome Randale and his family back into our Kent State community."

Todd Diacon
President, Kent State University

CarrSports Executive Search team assists Kent State University in hiring Randale Richmond as Athletic Director

KENT, OHIO- Kent State University President Todd Diacon and Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar R. Hylton formally introduced Randale L. Richmond as the university’s new director of athletics at a morning virtual press conference held Thursday, April 15. Richmond currently serves as senior associate athletic director at Old Dominion University. He was named Kent State’s 12th director of athletics on April 9, and he will begin at the university on May 1.

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“Randale Richmond embodies our Kent State commitment to graduating student-athletes and to winning championships, in that order,” Diacon said. “His enthusiasm for Kent State and for student-athlete success is infectious, and we welcome Randale and his family back into our Kent State community.”

Richmond shared his reaction to being selected as Kent State’s new director of athletics.

“My family and I are beyond excited to return to Kent State and lead an outstanding athletics department,” Richmond said. “The university’s mission is to transform the lives of our students through access and education, a goal which is core to my beliefs. As a department and as a university, we will deliver on this mission.”

Since 2015, Richmond has held the position of senior associate athletic director at Old Dominion, where he is responsible for the oversight and supervision of student-athlete welfare initiatives, student-athlete academic services and NCAA compliance services and programming. He also serves as the sport administrator for men’s basketball, baseball, field hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s soccer and wrestling. At Old Dominion, he is co-chair of the President’s Task Force on Inclusive Excellence and a member of the athletic director’s executive team.

Previously, Richmond served in various roles with Kent State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics from 2004 until 2015. He started as a graduate assistant for compliance and eligibility, then served as assistant director for compliance and eligibility from 2006 to 2010, assistant athletic director for compliance and eligibility from 2010 to 2012 and associate athletic director for student-athlete services from 2012 to 2015. In his last position at Kent State, he was a member of the President’s Administrative Council and the athletic director’s executive committee.

Richmond is a current member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance (NAAC) Thought Leaders Group, co-chair of the NAAC Convention Committee and an active participant in the NAAC Athletics Compliance Elite (A.C.E.) Mentoring Program. He also is involved in Old Dominion’s First-Generation Faculty Mentoring Program and the Brother 2 Brother Faculty Steering Committee. Richmond is a graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute, where he was selected as the graduation speaker for the 2015 graduating class.

Richmond earned his Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in sociology from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University) in 2004 and his Master of Education in higher education and student personnel from Kent State in 2006.

In February, Kent State launched a national search for the university’s new director of athletics. A 12-member search committee led by Hylton recruited and screened highly qualified candidates for the director of athletics position. Assisting in the search process was CarrSports Consulting LLC, a firm that has extensive experience in conducting national searches for athletic directors and has many Mid-American Conference (MAC) and NCAA Division I institutions as clients.

Richmond succeeds Joel Nielsen, who announced in January that he plans to seek new challenges when his contract with Kent State ends on June 30.

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About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.


CarrSports Consulting reveals Social Justice program

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CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is ready to assist athletic departments looking to create change and lasting action when it comes to addressing social justice issues.

"In light of today’s media and intense public scrutiny, it is imperative student-athletes, coaches and staff establish and uphold the fight for social justice and stop systemic racism, hate and bias on campus. We must create an atmosphere for all student-athletes where they are included within the athletic departments and are seen as more than athletes across campuses."

Kevin Anderson
Vice President CarrSports Consulting

CarrSports Consulting reveals Social Justice Program

ODENTON, Md. (March 22, 2021) – CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is ready to assist athletic departments looking to create change and lasting action when it comes to addressing social justice issues.

CarrSports has established a Social Justice Team led by Vice President Kevin Anderson. Working closely with Anderson in an advisory role will be Dr. Leonard N. Moore the former Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

“In light of today’s media and intense public scrutiny, it is imperative student-athletes, coaches and staff establish and uphold the fight for social justice and stop systemic racism, hate and bias on campus. We must create an atmosphere for all student-athletes where they are included within the athletic departments and are seen as more than athletes across campuses,” said Anderson, who served on the NCAA Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Inclusion as well as serving as the Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy West Point. He championed the first LGBT Intercollegiate Summit while he was Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland. While at Stanford University, Coach Bill Walsh and Anderson led the development and management of the “Achieving Coaching Excellence Academy” that focused on recruitment and hiring of black head football coaches.

CarrSports Consulting has developed a Social Justice program that can assist athletic departments who are ready to begin the difficult but necessary conversations on their campuses, plus help those departments get to the next level to create long-term action.

“We applaud CarrSports in their efforts to advance opportunities for Black athletic administrators in our industry. They have proven to be true advocates of our “pipeline” mission and have been fervently committed to issues surrounding equality and justice. We look forward to collaborating with CarrSports in the years ahead,” said Kansas City Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dr. Brandon E. Martin, member of the Black AD Alliance representing 50 black Division I Athletic Directors.

CarrSports will also be able to help develop a meaningful path to address and increase inclusion and diversity.

“Athletic Directors need to be honest with themselves and what they are bringing to their campus every day. I know it can be delicate to talk about race. I understand people have questions and want answers quickly and the CarrSports Social Justice Team can help address those needs in a quick and constructive fashion,” said Dr. Moore. “Athletic Departments need to value student-athlete activism and especially their black student-athletes now more than ever. We need Athletic Directors to step up and be bold and progressive at addressing systematic racism.”

The CarrSports Social Justice program will help athletic departments create an atmosphere where all student-athletes feel included, are seen more than just athletes across campuses, and have meaningful conversations where the student-athletes’ voices are heard and action is implemented through a collaborative effort.

“As athletic departments and campuses come back together there is going to be a greater need to tackle the social justice issues that are right in front of us and those issues that are below the surface that need to be addressed. Departments need to be proactive and open to change to create long-term success for the future of the athletic department,” said CarrSports Managing Partner Mike Thomas.

The CarrSports Social Justice program takes a three-tier approach where immediate, short-term, and long-term action is discussed, strategically designed, and implemented. The CarrSports Social Justice program can be tailored to meet your department’s needs.

“We aspire to help athletic departments embrace diversity, equity and inclusion so there is a welcoming, collaborating and understanding environment for every student-athlete, coach and staff member,” said CarrSports Managing Partner Jeff Hathaway.

The program will help athletic departments embrace social justice issues and be leaders on their campus, in their city, nationally and conference.

CarrSports is confident that if you invest time, thought, open conversation, and resources to addressing social justice issues the result will be an athletic department where all are included and thrive.

For more information about CarrSports’ Social Justice program please visit https://www.carrsportsconsulting.com/Social-Justice.


About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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What others are saying about the CarrSports Social Justice Program led by Kevin Anderson:

“Kevin Anderson has always been a leader and forward thinker who has put comprehensive student-athlete activism, racial equality and success at the forefront while balancing the needs of the athletic department, the University, conference, and NCAA. He brings a wealth of experience to the table having successfully served at some of the top institutions across the country and being one of the leaders in equity and inclusion throughout intercollegiate athletics.” Warde Manuel, University of Michigan’s Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics and 2020-21 National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) President


“Kevin Anderson is one of the most student-athlete-centric Athletic Directors in the country. He is not someone who is a boardroom Athletic Director. That’s really his passion. That’s one of his distinguishing features.” The Honorable Tom McMillen, President and CEO of LEAD1 Association


“Since Kevin Anderson’s presidency of NACDA in 2015-16, he has been very active in a myriad of NACDA activities. Kevin chaired the McLendon Minority Scholarship Subcommittee, chaired McLendon Board of Directors meetings and represented the McLendon Board in creative marketing sessions with Intersport, our consulting company. In addition, Kevin is still very active as a past president of NACDA.” Bob Vecchione, Chief Executive Officer of NACDA


I have enjoyed working with Kevin Anderson. As NACDA Past President and a McLendon Foundation board member, Kevin has been instrumental in advancing minority hiring, social justice and student-athlete activism. In addition, Kevin was one of the first to organize efforts to advance black football coaches for head coaching positions as he worked with Bill Walsh at Stanford University creating “Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE).” The inaugural class had 25 participants and five, including Tyrone Willingham, obtained head coaching jobs that year.” – Adrien Harraway, Vice President of NACDA


CarrSports Consulting, LLC announces transfer of ownership

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CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is pleased to announce the successful transfer of ownership from founder and former President Bill Carr to Managing Partners Mike Thomas and Jeff Hathaway.

“The entire CarrSports Team

looks forward to enhancing and expanding our work while providing high quality solutions to intercollegiate athletics across the country.”

Mike Thomas, Managing Partner
CarrSports Consulting, LLC

Mike Thomas and Jeff Hathaway are successful and accomplished veterans in collegiate athletics and campus leaders who served on numerous NCAA and conference committees over the years. Thomas is the former Athletic Director (AD) at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), University of Cincinnati, University of Akron and Cleveland State University while Hathaway served as AD at University of Connecticut, Colorado State University and Hofstra University.

Founded in 1997, CarrSports is recognized as the go to partner for intercollegiate athletics that require best in class executive search and management consulting services. CarrSports has completed projects for colleges and universities that required the best of the best in leadership and transformational growth.  Vice President/Management Consulting Gerald O’Dell (former AD at University of Cincinnati, Northern Illinois University), a valued colleague for 22 years, will be continuing his important contributions to CarrSports and our clients.

“Jeff and I are grateful for this opportunity to take ownership of CarrSports. Over the years Bill Carr has built, and CarrSports continues to be, a preeminent executive search and management consulting firm,” said Thomas, who previously held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer within CarrSports. “The entire CarrSports Team looks forward to enhancing and expanding our work while providing high quality solutions to intercollegiate athletics across the country.”

CarrSports is “Where Practitioners Practice” as its staff has over 135 years of Director of Athletics experience, which is the most in the industry. CarrSports Consulting Associates include; Kevin Anderson (former AD at University of Maryland, United States Military Academy West Point), Jack McDonald (former AD at Quinnipiac University, University of Denver and University of New England), Judy Rose (former AD at University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Doug Woolard (former AD at University of South Florida, Saint Louis University), and Karl Benson (former Commissioner at Sun Belt Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Mid-American Conference).

“I have always appreciated Bill Carr for his integrity and what he stands for personally and professionally,” said Hathaway, who has been a consultant with CarrSports and previously held his own consulting firm. “Mike and I, along with our CarrSports Team, look forward to bringing great energy and focused expertise to our executive search and management consulting engagements. We are grateful to our past and current CarrSports clients, and look forward to serving them and many other universities and conferences in the future.”

Going forward, CarrSports will continue to focus on executive searches (Athletic Director, Head Coach, Conference Commissioner, Executive Staff) and management consulting (operations review, Title IX assessment, business planning and fiscal management, revenue generation, fundraising, feasibility study and strategic planning).  CarrSports clients and prospects recognized that having access to the Team 24/7 is perhaps the most important factor to have in the midst of change and transformation.

“This is a bittersweet moment for me and my family. For over two decades, CarrSports Consulting has been my life as we started off small and transformed into one of the leading executive search and management consulting firms in the country,” said Carr, who will remain on as Senior Counsel with CarrSports for the upcoming year. “I know CarrSports is in great hands with Mike and Jeff at the helm. I look forward to seeing the future successes CarrSports will achieve.”


For more information and bios please visit www.CarrSportsConsulting.com.

 

About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Jeff Hathaway
Gerald O'Dell
Kevin Anderson
Jack McDonald
Judy Rose
Doug Woolard
Karl Benson

CarrSports partners with NJCAA as a Preferred Sports Consulting Provider

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CarrSports partners with NJCAA as a Preferred Sports Consulting Provider

"The NJCAA is pleased to partner with CarrSports Consulting and their team who can provide services in areas that are crucial to our member colleges,” stated NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. “Their proven quality and experience will be beneficial for our membership and for all initiatives moving forward.”

National Junior College Athletic Association Forms Partnership with CarrSports Consulting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – CarrSports Consulting is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that will make CarrSports the Preferred Sports Consulting Partner of the NJCAA.

Among the services and deliverables to be provided by CarrSports to the 500 NJCAA member schools are executive searches, business planning, fiscal management, feasibility studies, operations reviews, strategic planning and Title IX assessments. The partnership with the NJCAA adds yet another high-profile client to the CarrSports portfolio from across the country.

“The NJCAA is pleased to partner with CarrSports Consulting and their team who can provide services in areas that are crucial to our member colleges,” stated NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. “Their proven quality and experience will be beneficial for our membership and for all initiatives moving forward.”

Bill Carr“CarrSports Consulting is very pleased to now have the NJCAA as a Preferred Sports Consulting Partner,” Carr Sports President Bill Carr said. “We recognize the nationwide role and significant impact the organization has on such a large number of institutions, student-athletes and cities. We look forward to working with them to increase their effective outreach and services.”

Mike Thomas“CarrSports is extremely excited to partner with the NJCAA and their member institutions in the areas of executive search and management consulting,” CarrSports Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Thomas said. “The NJCAA continues to serve as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics and we look forward to providing exceptional service and expertise to their 500 member schools and the 60,000 student-athletes represented by the NJCAA.”

Founded in 1938, the NJCAA promotes and fosters a national program of athletic participation for two-year colleges in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges. The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes.

Learn more about the National Junior College Athletic Association at NJCAA.org


Former Conference Commissioner Karl Benson Joins CarrSports Consulting

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Former Conference Commissioner Karl Benson Joins CarrSports Consulting

“I am really looking forward to joining the team at CarrSports Consulting and working with many of my friends and former colleagues to navigate the many issues that face intercollegiate athletics in the coming years,”

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – CarrSports Consulting announced today that Karl Benson, a well respected leader in intercollegiate athletics with more than 40 years of experience, has joined the team. Benson joins an already talented and experienced group of Associates at CarrSports who are engaged in all levels of executive search and management consulting.

“I am really looking forward to joining the team at CarrSports Consulting and working with many of my friends and former colleagues to navigate the many issues that face intercollegiate athletics in the coming years,” Benson said.

“We are excited to welcome Karl Benson to our distinguished group of Associates who provide wise counsel and valuable knowledge in our executive search and management consulting projects,” said CarrSports President Bill Carr. “Karl’s exceptional career in the role of Division I conference commissioner greatly expands our breadth and depth of proven, successful experience in addressing conference-related issues. His participation will be quite meaningful.”

“We are very pleased to have Karl Benson join the CarrSports’ team,” said CarrSports Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Thomas. “Karl’s exceptional and diverse career in intercollegiate athletics make him uniquely qualified to provide a high level of service and expertise to our many clients.”

Benson served as Commissioner of three different conferences for the last 29 years, capping a highly-decorated career in collegiate athletics that spanned over five decades. For the last seven years, Benson served as the Commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference where he rejuvenated the conference with his enthusiasm and forward-thinking ideas and initiatives pertaining to branding, membership, student-athlete experience, postseason championships, media partnerships, and the digital media streaming platform.

He arrived at the Sun Belt Conference after a highly-successful 18-year stint (1994-2012) as the Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). During his time in the WAC, Benson served on the NCAA Management Council from 1999-2002 and on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee from 2002-06.

Benson was also the Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) from 1990-1994 where he implemented several innovative projects and was instrumental in the formation of the Las Vegas Bowl.

Benson began his career as a baseball coach for eight years before entering the athletics administration field in 1979 when he was named the Director of Athletics at Fort Steilacoom Community College where he served until 1984. He moved to the University of Utah as an Assistant to the Director of Athletics from 1984-1986 before joining the NCAA staff in 1986 as a Compliance Representative for two years. He was also the Director of Championships for the NCAA from 1988-1990.

Benson attended Spokane Falls Community College and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Boise State University in 1975. In 2006, Benson received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boise State. He is also a member of the Spokane Falls and Fort Steilacoom Halls of Fame. Benson resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Sarah Glaza. His daughter, Jessica, is a 2014 graduate of the University of Southern California.

 

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