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Scott Benson
Major: Communications
Class Year: 1991
Scott graduated with a degree in Communications from Marymount in 1991. He was part of the first group of male students to live on MU’s campus and played basketball all four years. Beside his day job as the vice president of Operations for Washington Gas Light Federal Credit Union, he has turned his lifelong love of basketball into a “fun” job on the side.

Scott was recruited to play basketball at the Division III level, and knew that he wanted a school with good academics where he could also play basketball. Former MU basketball coach Webb Hatch recruited Scott and ultimately enticed him to come to Marymount.

“I was sort of a ‘gym rat’ – basketball was really my main activity and defined most of my time at Marymount,” Scott said. He played on the team all four years, serving as captain for his last three, and was part of the only men’s team in MU history to win the conference title. He was also part of the first group of male students to live on campus. “There were male commuters before our year, but we were the first group on campus,” Scott said. “The reception overall was very welcoming.”

He loved his experience as a student, particularly the campus environment and the school’s proximity to Arlington and Washington, DC. Scott fondly remembers having Communications classes with Dr. Paul Byers, who he said “had lots of real-world experience, giving us both a book answer and a real-life example, which was really helpful in preparing us for the next phase of life.” He also described his time at Marymount as the “utopia of life,” and would love to go back and relive his days as a student.

Scott did his internship as a senior with the Arlington County Public Access Television station, as his goal at the time was to be a sports broadcaster. Following graduation, he continued doing broadcast work for local high schools and public access TV, but also was working part-time as a teller with Washington Gas Light Federal Credit Union in Springfield, VA. While he debated relocating to pursue his broadcasting career, he began to advance quickly within WGLFCU and was transferred to the IT department. Scott has now been with WGLFCU for 15 years, serving the last 5 as vice president.

Scott fell into a “fun” side job through a Marymount connection. Around Christmastime in 1999, he was contacted to fill in as the Washington Wizards’ radio broadcast statistician; his name had been recommended through a former teammate at MU. He received rave reviews from the radio team, and then passed the ultimate test: working with local radio icon Dave Johnson for a game. At the following game, Mr. Johnson had a season press pass waiting for Scott, and informed him that he was his “full-time stats guy” from now on. Scott has now been with the Wizards’ and Mystics’ radio broadcast teams for 13 seasons. “I sat at the scorer’s table during the Wizards’ [Michael] Jordan years – I got to fist bump him every game during the starting lineup announcement,” Scott recalled. He doesn’t have quite the same courtside seat for the Wizards anymore – he’s been moved up in front of the luxury boxes – but still sits at the scorer’s table for the Mystics games.

Scott’s connection to Marymount has continued since graduation. His wife, Barbara Gallagher Benson ‘92, is also an MU alumna; they reconnected and married years after graduation and now have two boys: Calvin, age 3, and Hunter, age 1. Scott is also a member of the Marymount Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and serves as emcee for the annual Hall of Fame dinner. He is a firm believer in the power of the Marymount community, and has helped several MU basketball alumni with job and internship connections with local sports teams.