Sam Benner is a 1996 graduate of St. Bonaventure. He played four years of Basketball including 2 on the varsity under current principal Marc Groff. He made his impact on the Football field. He was a four year player spending 3 years on the Varsity. He made the most of those three years being named to the 1st team All Tri Valley League teams and 1st team All Ventura County teams each of those seasons. He played side by side with the current Seraph Head Coach Todd Therrien. He was a two way starter and as a senior helped lead the Seraphs to the CIF play-offs for the first time since 1991. He was named Lineman of the Year in 1995 for both the Tri Valley League and Ventura County. He was named to the CIF Southern Section “Super Team” and the LA Times All Ventura County Team. He topped the year off by being named to CalHi Sports All State First Team. The first Seraph honored.
Sam was one of the better linemen ever to play at St. Bonaventure. He was named to the Ventura County All Century Team and was a “Blue Chip” All American by multiple high school rating publications. Recruited by many colleges nationwide including UCLA, Northwestern, Cal, and Notre Dame but eventually accepted a full scholarship to play football at Stanford University. He was the first Division I scholarship athlete of the Jon Mack era paving the way for MANY to follow.
He was a three year starter at Defensive End for Stanford. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance against the University of Washington in 2000. Benner played under Tyrone Willingham, Phil Zacharias and Dave Tipton and played before 93,000 fans in the 2000 Rose Bowl Game against the University of Wisconsin. Among his college highlights, Sam would like to note that he never lost to arch rival Cal in his time in Palo Alto. He graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.
Sam lives in Ventura with his wife of two years Mandy. He is blessed with two beautiful children Alex (10) and Dylan (2). He is loved and supported by his mom Christine Benner and his sister Amanda Benner. He is blessed to be supported by loving family members, long time friends and many loyal supporters. He spent the 2007 season doing color commentary for KVTA 1520’s radio coverage of St. Bonaventure’s run ti the CIF State Championship with Ryan Miller and Danny Page. He currently works as an internet marketing consultant for WSI Global Solutions with his aunt Nancy Amorteguy