Dillon Bender has been hired as the next sports information director at Manchester University. He began his duties on Monday December 3, 2018.
Bender will direct the media coverage and publicity of Manchester's 21 varsity athletic programs. He will coordinate all aspects of the sports information operation at Manchester including: in-game coverage, statistical intake, graphic design support, coordination of the school's social media accounts, website writing, photo archiving, and gameday management. Bender, a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), will also assist the Manchester athletic administration with the hosting efforts for the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Final Four, set for March 15-16, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Manchester will serve as the host institution for the championship event through the 2021-2022 season.
Prior to arriving in North Manchester, Bender briefly served as the first-ever full-time Assistant Sports Information Director at Penn State Behrend located in Erie, Pennsylvania. He assisted with the coverage and publicity of the university's 24 varsity sports. Hired in July of 2018, Bender was able to greatly expand Penn State Behrend's social media presence, creating the sports information department's first Instagram account. Bender also enhanced Behrend's sports information efforts through increased website writing, statistical intake and the introduction of graphics from BoxOut Sports. Bender assisted in the coverage of Penn State Behrend's Sweet Sixteen run in men's soccer this fall, the best-ever finish in the NCAA Tournament for the men's soccer team.
Bender started his career in sports information in 2016, having served as the Graduate Assistant for Sports Information at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology located in Terre Haute, Indiana. At Rose-Hulman, Bender offered support in all areas of the sports information operation, including in-game coverage, graphic design support, social media updates, website writing, photo archiving and gameday management for the institute's 20 sports. Bender covered 18 conference champions during his two-year stay at Rose-Hulman. Bender also assisted in a website redesign for the school's athletic web page which launched in the summer of 2017.
Bender is a 2016 graduate of Mount Aloysius College located in Cresson, Pennsylvania. While at the Mount, Bender was a standout basketball player for the Mounties. Bender concluded his three-year career at Mount Aloysius as the school's 8th all-time leading scorer, amassing 1,185 points. He earned Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference All-Conference honors as a senior and was named the AMCC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He also became the first CoSIDA Academic All-American in Mount Aloysius College history, garnering second team honors as a senior in 2016. Lastly, Bender was named one of ten finalists for the coveted Josten's Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding student-athlete in NCAA Division III basketball.
Bender graduated from Mount Aloysius College in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science. He earned a Master's degree in Sport Management from Indiana State University in 2018.