Bader returns for his third season as assistant coach at Stevenson in 2013, working with the team's defensive tackles.
Prior to coming to Owings Mills, Bader spent 39 seasons as a member of the coaching staff at Division I Towson, including the last seven as the Associate Head Coach. He joined the Tigers’ football staff in 1970 and was the only coach to have worked for each of Towson’s first three head coaches, Carl Runk, Phil Albert and Gordy Combs.
A native of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Bader joined the Tiger staff in 1970, becoming a full-time member of the coaching staff in 1981. From 1970 to 1986, he served as the Tigers’ offensive line coach where he helped the Tigers post a perfect 10-0-0 record in 1974 for their first and only undefeated season. In 1976, he helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Division III national championship game, the Stagg Bowl, now the Division III title game.
In his role as the Tigers’ offensive line coach, Bader worked with a number of prominent linemen, including four All-Americans in Greg Boller, Terrance Brooks, Stan Eisenhooth and John Gaburick.
From 1979 to 1986, Bader played a vital role in the Tigers’ rise to prominence in the ranks of Division II where they compiled a record of 60-28-2 while making three NCAA playoff appearances in eight seasons. The Tigers also won the Lambert/Meadowlands award as the top Division II team in the East in 1983, 1984 and 1986.
For 11 years, Bader also served as the coordinator for the National Football Clinic in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
When the Tigers moved up to NCAA Division I-AA status in 1987 as a member of the Patriot League, Bader transitioned to defensive line coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1997 and in that role, coached All-American Andrew Hollingsworth. In 2000, Hollingsworth was named Patriot League Player of the Year and the Tiger defense finished 11th nationally.
In 2001, Bader was elevated to the role of associate head coach.
A 1969 graduate of Central Connecticut, Bader began his coaching career at an early age. After two injury-plagued seasons as an offensive lineman, he retired as a player. His coaching career started in 1968 when he was a student assistant coach for Bill Loika.
Bader is one of many Central Connecticut alumni who have gone on to enjoy very productive coaching careers. In fact, Dave Campo, ’73 and Mike Sherman, ’78 have been head coaches in the National Football League. In addition, Al Bagnoli, the current head coach at Division I Penn, is also a Central Connecticut graduate.
After earning his B.A. degree in business administration, Bader was an assistant coach at Western Connecticut for one year. He later earned his master’s degree from Morgan State. He was honored by the Baltimore Touchdown Club as it’s Service To Football Award winner in 2002.
Bader is the father of two children, Ryan and Shaeleen, who are both graduates of Gettysburg College. Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning television producer in New York City who has done extensive work for ESPN and the Madison Square Garden Network. He currently works for NHL.com. Shaeleen is a teacher and former girls' lacrosse coach in Howard County.
Bader and his wife, Joan, reside in Pikesville.