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Michael Bender begins his first season at the helm of the Cavalier program after serving five years as the top assistant under the leadership of Travis Little. Bender's primary duties under Little was the lead instructor of hitters, catchers and outfielders. During his tenure as the top assistant, Montreat College averaged 35 wins a season and made three regional appearances and a conference tournament championship final.
During his summer months, Bender is the Head Coach of the Fort Collins Foxes of the Mountain Collegiate League in Colorado. Bender has also coached in the German Bundesliga as well as the Southern Collegiate League.
Bender played his collegiate Baseball at South Georgia Community College as well as finishing his career at Georgia College after being nominated as a two time Presidential selection in the Peach Belt Conference. Bender received his Associates Degree and his Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences from these two institutions respectively. Bender currently resides with his dog, Max, in Asheville.