|Position:||Director of Varsity Athletics Communications|
Rick Bender is in his ninth year as Dartmouth’s Director of Varsity Athletics Communications, overseeing communications for the Big Green’s 35 Division I varsity sports, including the DartmouthSports.com web site, video streaming and media relations. The 2016-17 season will be his 20th year working in media relations at the Division I level.
Bender was hired as an assistant sports information director in the fall of 1996 at Davidson College, and after three years was promoted to the director’s position from which he oversaw the communications efforts for the Wildcats' 21 Division I varsity sports. During his eight years as the director, he served as the Co-Media Coordinator for the 1999 and 2000 Men’s College Cup, as well as the Media Coordinator for the 2005 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament First- and Second-Round games in Charlotte, N.C.
A 1993 graduate of Davidson College with a degree in mathematics, Bender was a three-time all-conference shortstop for the Wildcats’ baseball team. He spent four summers playing independent professional baseball in the Frontier and Texas-Louisiana Leagues with stops in Portsmouth, Ohio, Beaumont, Texas, and Alexandria, Louisiana. Bender aso served as an assistant coach at his alma mater during the school year for three seasons before moving into the media relations department.
A veteran official scorer at baseball games, Bender was the scorer for the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament in 2005, ’07 and ’08 and has worked as an official scorer at the AA and AAA minor league levels for the Birmingham Barons and the Charlotte Knights.
During his career, Bender has been a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), the United States Basketball Writers Assocation (USBWA) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Bender is married to the former Mitze Roton, and the couple reside in North Sutton, N.H., with their son, Jake (12), and two dogs — Indiana and Gus.