Returning in 2009 to serve the department in the Compliance Office, Bahnsen is once again proving to be a very versatile member of the athletic 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 of 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 at LSU. In 1982, he became the administrative assistant for the men's basketball team, where he worked for five years before moving into athletics administration as director of purchasing and travel for two years.
In July 1987, he became administrative assistant to Athletics Director Joe Dean, overseeing the purchasing office and departmental travel operations until his promotion in 1989. In 1989, he was assigned his primary responsibility as NCAA compliance officer as assistant athletics director, and then was promoted to associate AD 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 degree in physical education.
Bahnsen, 53, is married to the former Karen Mayson, a former LSU golfer and current head coach of the Lady Tigers golf program. The couple has two children, Darren and Devin.