Benton is a former four-year letterman at Cincinnati where he was part of Dantonio’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Bearcats.
A King High School product, Benton was a three-time all-city selection where he rushed for more than 3,000 yards during his prep career.
He comes to the Spartans after serving as director of student-athlete enrichment at the University of New Orleans for the past year and a half. Prior to his work at New Orleans, Benton was the assistant director of player development, engagement and academic enhancement at Notre Dame.
Benton started working in the world of college athletics at Kent State where he was an internal operations assistant.
As a player Benton earned four letters at Cincinnati overall with three of them coming under Dantonio as a running back for the Bearcats. During his career he rushed for 1,736 yards on 379 carries and 11 touchdowns.
Benton earned his bachelor of business administration in finance from Cincinnati in 2008 and his master of arts in sport and recreation management from Kent State in 2013.
At MSU, Benton will have a dual role as he'll report to director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell and assistant athletics/director/director of football operations Tim Allen.
Benton replaces another former Dantonio player as former football operations assistant Ryan Manalac recently left the staff to become linebackers coach at Valparaiso.