TaraBendt is currently in her second season on the staff as the lead assistant coach
for the nationally-renowned SLCC Softball program. Coach Bendt served as and
assistant coach at Utah Valley University in 2013 where she helped lead the
Wolverines to a 30-20 overall record, the most wins in school history and to a third
place finish in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference.
She worked as a volunteer assistant at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV)
in the spring of 2012 and was a team manager for University of Utah Softball in
Tara has a huge passion for the game of softball. She began her collegiate playing
career as SLCC where she earned Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year honors as an outfielder and was named a NJCAA First Team All-American in 2008. Coach Bendt was a Distinguished Academic All-American at SLCC as well.
She then transferred to UNLV and led the Rebels in batting average in each of her two seasons. She was named a First Team All-Mountian West Conference Player and was a two-time all-conference scholar-athlete. Finishing her college days with a career batting average of .400, Bendt went to play professionally of two years for the PFX Pro Fastpitch tour.
During her time at UNLV, Tara had the opportunity to work with an amazing organization called the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The FOJ sets up college sports teams with children that have pediatric brain tumors. The Rebels adopted an 8 year old girl named Jenna. Jenna became a Rebel and the team became part of her journey in fighting cancer. That next spring Jenna was announced free of cancer and is doing great still to this day. Jenna and her family have become a huge part of Tara's life and she will forever be grateful for such an amazing opportunity.
Tara met Reagan through assisting former Olympus High School softball coach and current Head Coach of SLCC, Cyndee Bennett in 2011. When Tara & Cyndee learned of Reagan's tumor, Tara immediately thought of the FOJ project and wanted to get the SLCC softball team and Reagan to be a part of it all. Friends of Jaclyn was contacted and an official adoption ceremony to make Reagan an official Bruin team member was held last fall during a scrimmage game against the University of Utah. Reagan was given a jersey with none other than her number, 21. During the rest of the 2013-2014 season for the Bruins, Reagan was a part of their games being in the dugout, invited to team events and honored as our good luck charm. Reagan will always be a Bruin and the girls and coaches look forward to having her involved again this season.
Tara is a native of South Dakota and currently resides in South Jordan, UT. She has two sisters, twin sister (Kara) and younger sister (Sara). Her parents (Mike and Shellie) along with younger sister reside in South Dakota. She is very grateful to be a part of TitanTough21 and is looking forward to success it will have in the near and distant future. Reagan has become a great friend of hers and is a huge priority to her.