2005-2006 Academic Year

Dan Bendett ’06, Most Outstanding Male Student Athlete of the Year

Dan Bendett

If you attended a home soccer game last year, you might have heard a crowd of people cheering for goalkeeper Dan Bendett. The pack would be chanting: “Whose house? Dan’s house!”

“When Dean of Students Jim Marchant talked about the cheering at the awards dinner, I just loved it,” Bendett said. “There was probably a group of about ten of my friends who came to every game. Being the only Pitzer player on the team, it really meant a lot to me. And then to have it trickle down to the administration was great. It demonstrates all the support I have had from Pitzer.”

Bendett moved from Vermont to Los Angeles when he was 14. He quickly found his way to the goalkeeping position on the soccer field where he thrives on the pressure. Bendett’s skill for handling the field made him captain this year. He was twice named All SCIAC Goalkeeper and All Western Coast Goalkeeper. Additionally, he holds the record for the number of shut-out games at 9 straight.

“I have enjoyed every minute of my Pitzer experience. I love the soul of Pitzer. Everyone is so friendly, the professors are so helpful,” Bendett said. “Getting here was everything I could have hoped for. The academics, the soccer, and the friends I’ve made have all been incredible. My teammates are my best friends.”

This fall Bendett will be returning to China, where he studied abroad on the Pitzer in China program, to teach English and play soccer.

“When I was in China before, I met people and explored the culture and language through the sport,” Bendett said. “I want to be part of a team and meet people. That is what I want to do through soccer when I go back.”