Spotlight On: Ben Hansen, Iowa Football

Ben Hansen
Assistant Director of Football Operations
Iowa Football
Hometown: Hampton, Iowa
Education: Iowa
Official bio
Twitter: @IowaBenHansen


What do the first two hours of your day look like?

I have a 6 month old at home, so my morning consists of making sure he is fed, changed and taking him to daycare. When I get in to work, I like to go over all my emails and create a to-do list for that day. I always write down all of my tasks on my white board and will select certain items to accomplish that day.

Name one go-to resource that helps you with your duties.

TEAMWORKS. It is by far the best web application resource we have at the University of Iowa. I highly recommend Teamworks to any organization or sports program that does not have it. We have cut our travel meetings in half with their new travel function. Also, communication during the season, bowl and offseason is very efficient with this tool. Our entire athletic department now uses Teamworks!

If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

I would tell myself to be patient. I think it is common for people to come in to a job and think they need to know everything. After being in this role for 5 years, I can tell you that I still do not know everything and that is the beauty. You are always learning and growing in this profession, as you should in any profession. Be patient and be willing to learn from anyone.

As you look at the athletic operations field, what is one area that is growing/changing the most?

Since being in football operations since 2013, the area I seeing growing is women in football operations. It has been great to see the growth in overall numbers at the Annual National DFO meetings, but the best part has been the growth in women attending these meetings. The women in our field are unbelievable and extremely talented and I see this continuing to grow. This has helped break the stereotype of football being a man’s sport and has given inspiration to other aspiring women that want to get into this field.

Best career or work advice you ever received?

Mike Sinquefield, of TCU, spoke at the 2017 DFO meetings and his words stuck with me. His speech centered around “chasing opportunities, rather than titles or money”. This is perfect advice for anyone getting into sports or currently working in sports. People can get to caught up with the titles they are given or the amount of money they are making, which can distract you from the main goal. If you chase opportunities, you will continue to grow professionally and more opportunities will come your way.

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