Montreat College
Michael Bender
Head Coach - 5th Season
Alma Mater:
Phone: 828-669-8011 x 3404
Michael Bender begins his fifth season at the helm of the Cavalier program. Previous to his hiring as Head Coach, Bender served as top assistant for five years and during that tenure, Montreat College averaged 35 wins a season and made three regional appearances and a conference tournament championship final.


Bender has coached in numerous summer leagues throughout the country, most recently as the Head Coach of the Fort Collins Foxes of the Mountain Collegiate League in Colorado. Bender has also coached and played in the German Bundesliga with the Saarlouis Hornets as well as the Southern Collegiate League with the Asheville Redbirds.


Bender played collegiately at South Georgia Community College as well as finishing his career at Georgia College after being nominated as a two time Presidential selection in the Peach Belt Conference. Bender received his Associates Degree and his Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences from these two institutions respectively.  Bender currently resides in West Asheville.



Ryan Smith
Assistant Coach - 5th Season
Alma Mater:
Phone: 828-669-8011 x 3417
Ryan Smith enters his fifth season with the Cavaliers Baseball program.


Ryan Smith is currently the Head Coach of the Statesville Owls Summer Baseball Program of the SCBL (Southern Collegiate Baseball League). Coach Smith's duties with the Cavaliers will include working with pitchers, infielders and hitters along with assisting in recruiting and working with the Developmental team.


During the 2008-2009 season, Coach Smith served as a Volunteer Assistant with Mars Hill College, where he attended and played from 2004-2008, earning a BS Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Management. While at Mars Hill, Coach Smith's responsibilities included: working with outfielders and hitters, coaching 1st base, and assisting in recruiting.


Smith originally from Stallings, N.C., lives in Black Mountain, N.C.
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