Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/31/18
Former Emmaus High standout Mike Bender has been named head boys’ lacrosse coach at two-time defending District 11 Class AAA champion Parkland.
Bender, who was the Lehigh Valley League MVP in 2010 and an All-American as a defenseman, had served as an assistant at Southern Lehigh the past three years. Bender also is Director of Operations for the HEADstrong Lacrosse Club Lehigh Valley club program.
Bender replaces Brad Schifko, who in 10 years posted a record of 147-52 and lead the Trojans to the East Penn Conference and District 11 Class AAA titles and the PIAA quarterfinals in 2018.
“I am excited to represent Parkland High School and their lacrosse program next season,” Bender said. “It provides a unique, yet challenging, opportunity and I am ready to get to work with this talent group.”
Bender helped lead Emmaus to four league and District 11 championships. He played at Bellarmine for several years and transferred to Maryland where he played a key role on a national finalist in 2015.
“Growing up in area, I have and will always be committed to both the growth and development of the sport in the Lehigh Valley,” Bender said. “It is always important to me that the student-athletes are successful both on and off the field, respect the game and compete at the highest level.”
Bender – who played for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club – also served as the Hong Kong Assistant Defensive Coordinator in the July FIL World Championships in Netenya, Israel.
“I have been fortunate to have so many valuable experiences in the lacrosse market at this point in my career and I am looking forward to continuing to develop and evolve my skillset,” Bender said. “However, my staff and the support from the program will just as important in our teams success.”
Said Parkland AD William Dresibach: “Michaerl Bender is a very dedicate young man who will bring enthusiasm, knowledge and discipline to our Boys’ Lacrosse Program.
“We are excited and fortunate to have him here to carry on the tradition of excellence in Boys’ Lacrosse here in Parkland.”