Returning in 2009 to serve LSU Athletics in the compliance office, Bahnsen is once again proving to be a very versatile member of the athletics department.
Before moving back to compliance, Bahnsen served the previous five years in a valuable role as Associate Athletics Director for Internal Relations, overseeing the ticket office and all customer service operations.
Prior to December 2003, Bahnsen’s primary responsibility for the previous 14 years was to serve as LSU’s NCAA compliance officer.
Bahnsen served as manager of the LSU basketball team as an undergraduate student. In 1982, he became the administrative assistant for the men’s basketball team, where he worked for five years.
In July 1987, he became administrative assistant to LSU Athletics Director Joe Dean, overseeing the purchasing office and departmental travel operations until his promotion in 1989. Bahnsen was then assigned his primary responsibility as NCAA compliance officer as Assistant Athletics Director, and then was promoted to Associate Athletic Director in 1996.
Bahnsen has been responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of LSU’s Tradition Fund Program, a football-seating plan that requires contributions for the right to purchase approximately 45,000 seats in Tiger Stadium. In 2009, he helped organize the highly successful LSU celebration of the 100th anniversary of the men’s basketball program.
A native of Wharton, Texas, Bahnsen attended Wharton County Junior College for two years before transferring to LSU in 1979. He earned his Bachelor of Science in physical education.
Bahnsen is married to the former Karen Mayson, a former LSU golfer and former head coach of the LSU women’s golf program for 36 years. The couple has two grown children, Darren and Devin.