Bender to be Clemson assistant

CUTigers.com has confirmed former Tulane assistant coach Dick Bender has accepted a coaching position under new Clemson coach Brad Brownell.

At this time, it is not known what role exactly Bender will serve, but he's one of at least three hires already made by Clemson's new head coach.

Brownell brought assistant coach Mike Winiecki with him from Wright State, as well as video assistant Lucas McKay.

Bender spent his last three years at Tulane under Dave Dickerson, who recently resigned.

Bender was also an assistant at DePauw University during Brownell's college career.

Bender also spent six years at Radford as an assistant to former Clemson assistant Ron Bradley in addition to serving as an assistant at Indiana State.

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.

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