Ben Hansen is in his ninth year as assistant director of football operations at the University of Iowa. Hansen previously worked with the Iowa defensive line as a student assistant (2009-2011).
Following back-to-back narrow losses to open the 2020 season, Iowa won six straight games, all in Big Ten play, to complete the regular season. The Hawkeyes were ranked 15th in the nation in the final CFP rankings and coaches poll, and 16th by the Associated Press.
Iowa has won three straight postseason games and 12 straight nonconference games. The Hawkeyes were selected to compete in the 2020 Music City Bowl, but that event was canceled. Iowa’s streak of eight straight bowl invitations matches the longest in school history.
Iowa won 47 games from 2015-19, the highest total in school history over any five-year period, and a total that ranked ninth nationally. Iowa won its final four games in 2019 and ranked 15th in the nation in the final Associated Press and coaches polls.
The Hawkeyes concluded the 2019 campaign with a 10-3 record following a 49-24 win over No. 22 Southern California in the Holiday Bowl. The three losses were all to ranked opponents by a combined 14 points. The Hawkeyes were 4-1 in trophy games for the third straight season.
Iowa completed the 2018 season with a 9-4 mark and a final ranking of 25th in the Associated Press national rankings. The Hawkeyes earned a 27-22 Outback Bowl win over No. 18 Mississippi State to close the season with three straight wins. The four losses came by a total of 23 points and all were decided in the final minutes of play. Iowa tied for second in the Big Ten West Division.
The Hawkeyes posted a perfect 12-0 regular season record in 2015, winning the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. Iowa participated in the 2016 Rose Bowl Game and the 2015 Big Ten Championship and ended the season in the top 10 in the final national rankings.
Along with winning its most recent three bowl games, Iowa also participated in the 2017 Outback Bowl, 2016 Rose Bowl Game, 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl and 2014 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls five times in the past 19 seasons.
Iowa has won 157 games over the past 19 seasons, including 96 Big Ten games. Along with the 2015 division title, the Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten’s first division in 18 of the past 20 years.
Hansen served on the 2019 Teamworks Football Leadership Committee. He also served on the 2016 Rose Bowl Advisory Committee as the Hawkeyes were selected to play in the Rose Bowl following the 2015 Big Ten championship game.
Prior to rejoining the Iowa program, Hansen served as a graduate teaching assistant while working towards his master’s degree at the University of Tennessee. He served as a board member for Partners In Sports while earning his master’s degree in sport management from Tennessee in 2013.
Hansen also served as an intern at Stanford University with facilities, operations, and event management within the Cardinal Athletic Department.
In his previous stint with the Iowa football program, Hansen worked with the defensive line in 2009 and 2010, as the Hawkeyes compiled a two-year record of 19-7. Iowa won the Orange Bowl following the 2009 season and the Insight Bowl following the 2010 campaign, defeating a ranked opponent in both contests.
Hansen also served as a youth basketball and football coach through the Mercer Aquatic Center in Iowa City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Iowa in 2010.
Hansen is a native of Hampton, Iowa, and graduated from Hampton-Dumont High School. As a prep he lettered in football, basketball, and track.
Hansen was born Feb. 5, 1988, in Marshalltown, Iowa. He and his wife, Emily, have two son, Baylor and Shep.