Bob Bender

Bob Bender (born April 28, 1957)

Teams coached: Illinois State Redbirds, Washington Huskies
Illinois State record: 60-57 (.513)
Washington record: 116-142 (.450)
Overall record: 176-199 (.469)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-2018 Memphis Grizzlies (asst)
2013-2014 Milwaukee Bucks (asst)
2004-2013 Atlanta Hawks (asst)
2002-2004 Philadelphia 76ers (asst)
1993-2002 Washington
1989-1993 Illinois State
1983-1989 Duke (asst)

Bob Bender Facts

  • Robert Michael Bender
  • Born April 28, 1957
  • Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Duke University (BA, 1980)
  • Born in VA, Bender attended Bloomington HS (IL) and started his collegiate career at Indiana University
  • Started his coaching career at his alma mater, spending six seasons on the Duke staff under head coach Mike Krzyzewski
    • The Blue Devils went to the NCAA Tournament in each of those six seasons, including three Final Fours
  • Returned to his hometown in 1989 to become the head coach at Illinois State
  • Hired in 1993 to be the head coach at Washington, a position he held for nine seasons
    • Was 116-142 during his tenure at UW, reaching two NCAA Tournaments (including a trip to the 1998 Sweet 16)
    • Let go in March 2002 following three straight sub-.500 seasons
  • Has coached in the NBA since 2002, mostly as an assistant coach but also a scout
    • Was with the Philadelphia 76ers for two seasons (under Larry Brown and Randy Ayers), Atlanta Hawks for nine (under Mike Woodson and Larry Drew), Milwaukee Bucks for one (under Drew), Brooklyn Nets for one (as a scout, for Lionel Hollins) and Memphis Grizzlies for two (under David Fizdale and J. B. Bickerstaff)
  • Along with his wife, Alice, has one daughter and one son

Bob Bender Coaching Tree

  • Ray Giacoletti (Drake, Utah, Eastern Washington, North Dakota State)
  • Ritchie McKay (Liberty, New Mexico, Oregon State, Colorado State, Portland State)