Dick Bender begins his third season as an assistant coach for the Green Wave in 2009-10, and will once again assist in every aspect of the men's program at Tulane.
Bender, 46, joined the Green Wave staff in the summer of 2007, and has helped Tulane post 31 wins in two seasons, including 17 victories during the 2007-08 campaign, and advance to the quarterfinals of the 2008 and 2009 Conference USA Tournament.
Bender is no stranger to TU head coach Dave Dickerson, as both coaches served on the men's basketball staff at Radford University for four seasons (1992-96).
Bender came to Tulane from Indiana State University where he completed his 10th overall season on the Sycamores' staff in 2006-07, and his fifth campaign as an associated head coach after being elevated to the position following the 2001 campaign.
Bender, who also served as former ISU head coach Royce Waltman's top assistant at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., was responsible for the Sycamores' daily basketball operations and he assisted in individual player development, scouting, game preparation, and academic support.
Bender was hired at Indiana State from Radford, where he spent six seasons as an assistant for Highlander head coach Ron Bradley. In those six seasons, Radford compiled not only the best non-conference record of any member of the Big South Conference, but also the top conference mark. Bender witnessed one of the biggest wins in school history, when Radford traveled to Baton Rouge, La., and upset LSU, 73-72, during the 1993-94 season. The Highlanders also posted excellent marks in the classroom, as the graduation rates of Highlander student-athletes ranked ninth in the nation at one point of Bender's tenure.
Prior to Radford, Bender spent those aforementioned seasons with Waltman at DePauw from 1987-92. Bender helped lead the Tigers to a four-year record of 80-30. They were twice ranked number-one in the country in Division III during that span and were national runners-up in the NCAA tournament in 1989-90.
A native of Grantsville, Md., Bender graduated from Western Maryland in 1986 and received his master's degree from DePauw in 1989. Bender played two seasons of basketball at Western Maryland and was the team MVP as a senior. His 91 percent free throw shooting ranked third nationally among Division III players in 1985-86.
Before arriving at DePauw, Bender spent one year teaching in Maryland while also serving as an assistant basketball coach at Charles County Community College. During his tenure, the team posted a 26-7 record and won the Maryland Junior College National Division Championship.
Bender and his wife, Beth, have two sons: Dalton (18) and Dillon (16).