Claus Benson

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Claus Benson
Personal information
Born(1889-11-15)November 15, 1889
New York City, New York
Career information
High schoolHorace Mann (New York City)
CollegeColumbia (1909–1912)
Career history
As coach:
192?–1925?Army (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Claus Dascher "Babe" Benson (November 15, 1889 – ?) was an American basketball player known for his collegiate career at Columbia University in the 1910s.[1] He led the Lions to back-to-back Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League (EIBL) championships in 1910–11 and 1911–12 and was named all-conference both seasons.[1][2] As a senior in 1911–12 Benson was named a NCAA All-American by the Helms Athletic Foundation.[2][3]

Benson served in World War I and returned to his alma mater to coach Columbia for one season (1919–20).[4] He recorded a 4–10 overall record.[5] Benson also served as an assistant coach at Army after Columbia.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Men's Basketball All-EIL Eastern Intercollegiate League (1904–53)". Columbia University. March 30, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "2013–14 Columbia Lions Men's Basketball Guide". Award winners. 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ivy League Men's Basketball All-Americans". Ivy League. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Benson Selected Basketball Coach of Blue and White". New York Tribune. December 6, 1919. p. 14. Retrieved February 16, 2015 – via access
  5. ^ "Bebe Benson Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "Joe Deering May Be Army Court Coach". The Bridgeport Telegram. December 2, 1925. p. 9. Retrieved February 16, 2015 – via access