Steve Bender

Profile Updated: December 25, 2016
Residing In: Buchanan, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Amy - just celebrated 34 years baby!
Children: Lauren - age 30 - Albion grad - JAG program for Michigan Works
Shelly - age 29 - St. Mary's grad More…- 4th grade teacher
Ali - age 27 - Lynn University ( Florida)- SMC-Albion- St. Mary's (5 year plan) - married Nov 23 2012
Callie- 3 yr. old golden retriever
Occupation: Notre Dame Physical Ed / Coach @ SB St. Joe
What are your favorite memories of NHS?

1. Class prank with the car in the courtyard
2. David Howells announcing during the basketball game that Bill Weaver needed 1 more point to break the school scoring record. The opponents started to face guard Bill, and it took a long time for Bill to get that point. Thanks Abbott
3. Toga party at Battle Creek Lakeview
4. Getting a year ahead in Latin - thanks Klostermann
5. Movement Against Social Hypocricy
6. Annual spring riots with Messner & Szot getting chased
7. Egg fights
8. Benton Harbor post game riot
9. Jack Young - Jerry French getting all the answers behind his back & threatening to kick us out of NHS
10. Barb Keitzer? She secretly liked the guys!!!

High points of your life since high school?

1. Just celebrated 34 years of marriage
2. State championship in tennis 2003
3. MIAA coach of the year - coaching Saint Mary's girls team (and 2 daughters). A team from our conference (Hope) won the Division 3 national championship that year
4. Albion College Hall of Fame induction 1994 for our 1978 basketball team ( I served as student assistant coach). We finished 3rd in the country.
5. Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame 2011
6. Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2012
5. Resigned from Buchanan tennis with 200-16-8 record and headed to South Bend St. Joe for a tougher challenge.
6. 2 time state tennis coach of the year 1995 & 2002
7. 2010 & 2010 NIC Coach of the year
8. Working at Notre Dame - crossed over to the dark side???

How often do you get back to Niles, MI?

1. Bucktown is 5 miles away baby!
2. With Wings, Etc - often!
3. Visit to Lowe's weekly (daily)
4. live with mom on Tue & Thur evenings

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

1. Tom Bonner
2. Tom Grathwohl
3. Tim Newsted - Bleacher Bums Baby!
4. Cheryl Frame (Malinowski)
5. Dave Friederich
6. Billy Weaver - coached with him for many years

Did you have any nicknames in school? If so, what were they?

1. Benny- thanks to Newsted!
2. Coach B - working world
3. Albendor - middle school
4. stuffy - elementary school
5. Bensted- math formula put together by Bender & Newsted

What do you like to do in your spare time?

1. work out - but you would never guess it
2. bet on sports in Vegas
3. get hassled by 4 women at home = at school a bunch
4. building a new home outside of Buchanan

Other comments for your classmates:

The Class of 74 has always had immense pride. We need to have a reunion every summer! Why not? Ignore the listed telephone number - use 269-697-4367 or 269-426-0049 (cell)

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Stevie....I am so sad for you....thinking of all the Benders. The heart misses most what it loved best. I know you have lots of wonderful memories of your mom. Marti

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Fighting the rays in Mexico.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Amy, Ali, and I.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
OCD to working out.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
My buddy Joe....(Joe the tequila king)
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The family. 4/5
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The Grand Mayan, Nuevo Vallarta.
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Mom and her baby.
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Double fisted.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
The love of my life.