Georgia Southern names Benko as AD

Field Level Media

March 08, 2020 at 7:51 pm.

Georgia Southern will introduce Jared Benko as its new athletic director on Monday.

Benko spent the past four years as the deputy director of athletics/chief financial officer at Mississippi State University. Before that, he was the assistant athletic director for finance at Auburn for two years.

“I am humbled and honored to serve the Georgia Southern University family,” Benko said in a statement. “The passion and pride of Eagle Nation is unmatched, and I am excited and deeply committed to bringing a hard-working and innovative culture to our coaches, staff and student-athletes.”

Benko’s hiring was announced by university president Kyle Marrero in a statement.

“This was a highly sought-after position attracting over 100 candidates from across the nation,” he said.

“Jared stood out in everyone’s mind. The committee and I are confident he is the right person to capitalize on our momentum and lead Eagle Nation to even greater heights.”

Benko will replace Tom Kleinlein, who left in January to become the deputy athletic director at Ole Miss.

A Georgia native, Benko earned a bachelor’s degree in sports studies in 2005 and a master’s in public administration in 2007, both at the University of Georgia.