April 28, 1957|
|High school||Bloomington (Bloomington, Illinois)|
|2002–2004||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|2004–2013||Atlanta Hawks (assistant)|
|2013–2014||Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)|
|2015–2016||Brooklyn Nets (scout)|
|2016–2018||Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Robert Michael Bender (born April 28, 1957) is an American professional basketball coach, who last served an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. Born in Quantico, Virginia, He attended Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Illinois, where he was an All-American in basketball. Bender has the distinction of being the only individual to play on two teams in two NCAA Championship games. He was a freshman on Bob Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977–80, including an appearance in the title game against Kentucky. Bender was drafted by the San Diego Clippers in the sixth round before his senior year, but did not play.
He began his coaching career as an assistant at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski. He later served as head coach at Illinois State University and the University of Washington, and was an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Bender is married to his wife, Alice, with whom he has two children: Mary Elizabeth and Robert Michael Bender III.
On June 17, 2013, Bender was hired as an assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, under Larry Drew, of whom he was an assistant to at the Atlanta Hawks.
Head coaching record
|Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference) (1989–1993)|
|1989–90||Illinois State||18–13||9–5||T–2nd||NCAA Round 64|
|Illinois State:||60–57 (.513)||40–57 (.606)|
|Washington (Pacific-10) (1993–2002)|
|1995–96||Washington||16–12||9–9||T–5th||NIT First Round|
|1996–97||Washington||17–11||10–8||6th||NIT First Round|
|1997–98||Washington||20–10||11–7||4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1998–99||Washington||17–12||10–8||4th||NCAA Round of 64|
|Washington:||115–143 (.446)||63–99 (.389)|
Postseason invitational champion
- At the end of the 1994–95 season, Washington had originally finished 9–18 overall and 5–13 in conference. However, the Huskies' record was adjusted after all of California's wins were vacated.
- "Brooklyn Nets Add Ayers and Bender to Scouting Staff - Brooklyn Nets". nba.com.
- "NBA.com Bob Bender". www.nba.com.
- "Milwaukee Bucks hire Nick Van Exel and Bob Bender as assistant coaches :InsideHoops". www.insidehoops.com.