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Scott Bender is beginning his second season as an assistant to Sandhills Community College head basketball coach Mike Apple. In 2017 he contributed to a 27-6 season that included a Region X Tournament Championship.
“Scott brings a wealth of experience to our basketball program,” Apple says. “He was a successful player at many different levels and his insights into the game are something that I and our players value greatly.”
Born in Orlando, Fla., Bender moved with his family to Pinehurst at the age of four. He played high school basketball at Pinecrest and North Moore. He also traveled throughout the eastern half of the country for tournaments as a member of the Charlotte Nets club team, putting together a resume that led to a number of college scholarship offers.
Not feeling ready to go to college, the 6-foot-5 Bender also considered opportunities to play professional basketball in Argentina, Germany and Macedonia before spending about three years as a member of semi-pro teams in Wilmington, N.C. and Conway, S.C.
“This has been huge,” he says of the opportunity with the Flyers following a number of years being away from organized basketball. “I wasn’t sure I’d like coaching, but this has been a good fit because I‘m very passionate about basketball. Being able to impact these young men and being a part of a team are all things I value greatly.”
Bender currently resides in Pinehurst with his wife, Aimee, a son, Dakota and a daughter, Zoey. He operates a residential new construction business and commercial paint business and is also in the process of completing the 120 hours of classroom training and 80 hours of field work required by the state of North Carolina to become qualified as a home inspector.
“Scott quickly ingrained himself into our program, gaining the trust of our players almost immediately,” Apple says. “He has the ear of all of our players, but works most closely with our big men. The offensive development of several of them can be linked directly back to him."