Karl Benson


2012-2019 – Sun Belt Conference
(Commissioner)

1994-2012 – Western Athletic Conference
(Commissioner)

1990-1994 – Mid-American Conference
(Commissioner)

1988-1990 – NCAA
(Director of Championships)

1986-1988 – NCAA
(Compliance Representative)

1984-1986 – University of Utah
(Assistant to the Director of Athletics)

1979-1984 – Fort Steilacoom Community College
(Director of Athletics)

1976-1982 – Fort Steilacoom Community College
(Head Baseball Coach)

1974-76 – Boise State University
(Assistant Baseball Coach)

Karl provides a high level of insight with over 40 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics.


When Karl Benson stepped aside as the Commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference on June 30, 2019 he left behind a career that spanned five decades in intercollegiate athletics.   His career began as a student-athlete in 1970 that led to eight years as a college baseball coach before entering the field of athletics administration in 1982 as the athletics director at Fort Steilacoom Community College in Tacoma, Washington.

After spending five years as an athletics administrator on two different college campuses, Benson joined the staff at the NCAA in 1986 and was named the Director of Championships in 1988.

Benson left the NCAA in 1990 to become the Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. This was the beginning of a 29 year tenure as a Commissioner that included the Western Athletic Conference and ended with the Sun Belt Conference.  And during this time Benson was an active participant and contributor to the massive changes that occurred within the governance structure of the NCAA and the intercollegiate sports industry.  From the time when conferences served primarily as service organizations to their membership to the now being important  revenue engines for all Division I conferences regardless of their size and resources Benson was “around the table” and in the middle of the decisions that were made.  And during these three decades,  Benson is the only Commissioner to serve three different FBS conferences.

Benson is ready to “give back” to the profession that has been so rewarding to him by helping colleges and universities in evaluating their intercollegiate athletics departments as they develop strategic plans for the future and is pleased to join the team of Carr Sports.

Benson resides in Denver, Colorado with this wife Sarah and reminds friends and colleagues that Denver has over 300 days of sunshine. ……. And yes, you can play golf twelve months a year!

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