Lou Bender

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Lou Bender is currently the winningest prep basketball coach in Delaware history. He started his coaching career at Richardson Park Jr. High in 1964. After three years at Salesianum, Lou
began coaching basketball at Delcastle High School, a post he held for 17 years. Lou later coached Wilmington College from 1987 to 1989. After Wilmington came three years at A.I. Dupont, two at
Caravel and seven at Hodgson. To date, Bender amassed an overall record of 509 wins and 211 losses (70.7%), making him the all-time Delaware leader. Lou was named Eastern Regional “Coach of the Year”
by National High School Coaches’ Association in 1990. Lou’s teams have won numerous conference titles in Blue Hen Flight “A” and “B” and the Catholic Conference. In Blue Hen Conference championship
games, his teams are 6-1 (86%). His 1982 Delcastle team and 2002 Hodgson team made it to the state finals. His love for the game and skills in teaching it have inspired many of his players to become
coaches. The list includes Mike Gallagher (Salesianum), Angelo Rossi (Salesianum), Joe Thompson (Sanford and St. Marks), Ed Sobocinski (Polytech and Hodgson), Randy Nowell (Glasgow and Delcastle),
Jim Hagen (Delcastle) and Craig Browning (Hodgson). In addition to basketball coaching, Lou served as athletic director at Richardson Park, Delcastle and Caravel and was District Athletic Director of
Vo-Tech School District. He also served as assistant football coach at Salesianum and assistant soccer coach at Delcastle and Hodgson.

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