Season gets underway Friday at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah.
Bendt recently completed her first season as assistant coach at Utah Valley, helping the Wolverines to a 35-20 record -- the most wins in program history.
Originally from South Dakota, Bendt resides currently in South Jordan, Utah. She was a standout softball player at Kearns High School in Kearns, Utah, and then went on to play two years at Salt Lake Community College. Bendt was an All-American player in 2008 and was named the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year that year. She then transferred to UNLV where she had a stellar career, which included being named a First Team All-Mountain West Conference Player and a two-time all-conference scholar athlete.
Bendt went on to coach at the University of Utah as the director of softball operations for the Utes in 2011. She also coached last season as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, UNLV. Bendt has coaching experience at the club and high school level as well.