Bob Bender
Personal information
Born (1957-04-28) April 28, 1957 (age 65)
Quantico, Virginia
Career information
High schoolBloomington (Bloomington, Illinois)
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1983–present
Career history
As coach:
1983–1989Duke (assistant)
1989–1993Illinois State
2002–2004Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
20042013Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
20132014Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
2015–2016Brooklyn Nets (scout)
20162018Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

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.[1] 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 to 1980, 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.[2]

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.[2]

Bender is married to his wife, Alice, with whom he has two children: Mary Elizabeth and Robert Michael Bender III.[2]

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.[3]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference) (1989–1993)
1989–90 Illinois State 18–13 9–5 T–2nd NCAA Round 64
1990–91 Illinois State 5–23 4–12 T–8th
1991–92 Illinois State 18–11 14–4 T–1st
1992–93 Illinois State 19–10 13–5 1st
Illinois State: 60–57 (.513) 40–26 (.606)
Washington (Pacific-10) (1993–2002)
1993–94 Washington 5–22 3–15 9th
1994–95 Washington 10–17[n 1] 6–12 T–7th
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
1999–00 Washington 10–20 5–13 T–8th
2000–01 Washington 10–20 4–14 T–9th
2001–02 Washington 11–18 5–13 8th
Washington: 115–143 (.446) 63–99 (.389)
Total: 175–200 (.467)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ 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.


  1. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Add Ayers and Bender to Scouting Staff - Brooklyn Nets".
  2. ^ a b c " Bob Bender".
  3. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks hire Nick Van Exel and Bob Bender as assistant coaches :InsideHoops". Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.