When in Need, Go to the Bench...
In sports, a good coach knows when it is time to look to the bench for a spark. The same is true for University of Redlands Intercollegiate Athletics, as the Bulldog Bench helps support its programs. The Bench was originally started in 1971 by then-Athletic Director Ted Runner and University of Redlands graduates "Bunny" Gillette and Clay Brooks. In addition, Joe Cortez was instrumental in the development of the Bulldog Bench, while Bob Rosenberger served as the first president of the organization.
In 2009, the Bulldog Bench launched its first-ever membership drive to invite athletic supporters of all types to join our team. Everyone is encouraged to show your Bulldog enthusiasm and become a member of the Bulldog Bench.
You can also join through the online form, making it quick and easy to support the Bulldog student-athlete experience!
Two major events currently take up the bulk of the Bench’s time and resources. The first is the annual Bulldog Bench Golf Tournament, which raises about $35,000 annually with the help of major sponsors such as Hatfield Buick GMC, Citrograph Printing Company, Tilden-Coil Constructors, Bon Appetit, Tovey Shultz Construction, Sodexo, and the Ayres Hotel.
In addition, the Bulldog Bench Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner has become a celebration of athletic achievement by some of the finest athletes to ever don the maroon and gray. The Hall of Fame is overseen by the Hall of Fame Committee, co-chaired by Joe Cortez and Jim Brondino.
The Bench continues to help finance endeavors such as the completion of batting cages and the installation of a flag near the baseball and Farquhar Fields. The Bench has also provided monetary gifts to the Fitness Center, Frank R. Serrao Gateway, Ashel Cunningham Track and much more.