David Benedict hired as first athletics COO

AUBURN – David Benedict, the former University of Minnesota Deputy Athletics Director, will be the first Chief Operating Officer for the Auburn athletics department, Auburn AD Jay Jacobs announced in a statement Tuesday.

“David is a proven, results-driven leader with outstanding credentials, and I am pleased to welcome him to our team,” Jacobs said in a statement. “This hire is part of our ongoing efforts to become a 21st century, cutting-edge athletics department that can meet the challenges of the growing and rapidly changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics. I created this position because our goal is to become the preeminent athletics department in the country, and David’s strong record of success and broad base of experience will help us get there.”
Serving as deputy athletic director at Minnesota since 2012, Benedict’s responsibilities included sport supervision and student-athlete welfare. He managed Minnesota’s multimedia contract with Learfield Sports, outside ticket sales vendor Aspire and concessions contractor Aramark, generating additional revenue for the department.

“I would like to thank the search committee, committee chair Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ron Burgess and director of athletics Jay Jacobs for providing me the opportunity to join the Auburn family,” Benedict said in a statement. “It became obvious throughout the search process that Jay is on a mission to do something special at Auburn, his passion and enthusiasm for Auburn is contagious.  I look forward to partnering with Jay, the senior management team and the coaching staff in creating a world class student-athlete experience and a one-of-a-kind experience for our fans.”
Prior to his role at Minnesota, Benedict held positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, Long Beach State University and Arizona State University.