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.
For more information about joining the team, please check out our 2015-16 Bulldog Bench membership brochure.
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 Edwin B. Hales Bulldog Bench Golf Classic, which raises nearly $40,000 annually with the help of major sponsors, tee-sign sponsors, golfer fees, and auction.
PHOTOS from the 2016 Tournament
PHOTOS from the 2015 Tournament
PHOTOS from the 2014 Tournament
PHOTOS from the 2013 Tournament
PHOTOS from the 2012 Tournament
PHOTOS from the 2011 Tournament
PHOTOS from the 2010 Tournament
PHOTOS from the 2009 Tournament
PHOTOS from the 2008 Tournament
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. Our next induction into the Hall of Fame will take place October 21, 2016, during Homecoming weekend.
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.