DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS PORTIA JONES
Portia Benbow was named Director of Basketball Operations for women’s basketball in May 2015.
Jones, a 2014 master’s degree graduate in Sports Administration from Georgia State, returns to her home state from a position as Student-Athlete Leadership and Life Skills assistant at Indiana.
With basketball in her bloodlines, Jones played at Jenkins High School in Savannah as a team captain for both the basketball team and the volleyball team.
She began at Georgia Tech in 2005-06 and served as the basketball manager for the Yellow Jackets her first year. After two years at Tech, she enrolled at Armstrong State in Savannah in the Peach Belt Conference to play basketball in 2007-08. Jones was the team captain and won the award for Best Offensive Player, while earning honors on the Peach Belt All-Academic team.
While working toward a master’s degree, Benbow served as graduate assistant for one year on the women’s basketball staff (2011-12) at the University of Indianapolis, a Division II school in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. She earned her master’s in clinical psychology.
Benbow came to Georgia State and worked as a graduate assistant in Ticket Operations and then in Academic Support, while earning that master’s degree in Sports Administration. Using the Atlanta opportunities, Benbow spent five months with the game day operation staff of the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA. She worked 16 months with the Atlanta Hawks Youth Development Basketball Program. She was also an eight-month intern with the Cam Newton Foundation in his hometown of Atlanta. Benbow helped on game day staffs with the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves.
In 2014-15, Benbow was part of Indiana’s Student-Athlete Leadership and Life Skills staff. She was the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) advisor and played a role in assisting with women’s basketball recruiting for the Hoosiers.