John Bendix graduated from Annandale High School in 1953. In high school John participated in a number of sports, earning 15 letters, five in baseball, four in basketball, four in golf and two in football.
John then attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, graduating in 1957. While there, he was a four year letter winner in basketball.
Following graduation from St. John’s, John went into the United States Army where he had an opportunity to play basketball with K. C. Jones, an all-pro guard for many years with the Boston Celtics in their glory years.
John came to Waseca in the fall of 1958 and has been involved in a lot of different areas connected with the High School athletic program.
He coached about 25 years in the boys basketball program at the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade levels. He also coached in the track program for about 30 years.
Besides his coaching experiences, John has been involved in a lot of service to the various programs. He has been the official scorekeeper for basketball for a number of years, he started track meets for a number of years as well as performing a variety of duties at cross country meets.
In addition, John is probably the number one fan of Waseca High School athletics. He attends many events each week in both boys and girls sports and has probably seen more Blujay sporting events than anyone else in the community.
John has a lot of memories from the past 45 years in Waseca sports. Here are a few:
- Greg Vilt making a basket at the buzzer to put the Bluejays in the state tournament in 1987.
- Getting snowed in at Blue Earth after a basketball game and spending the night there with all the players being paired up with players from Blue Earth.
- The half-court shot at the buzzer against Red Wing in the region finals that kept the Bluejays from a state basketball tournament in 1972.
- Coaching ninth grade basketball at 6:00 am for many years and kids were never late nor did they miss.
- Being called into the superintendent’s office and being told that it was his responsibility to “Keep Mr. Beckmann on the Bench” to prevent technical fouls, broken benches and general chaos.
John retired from the Waseca Public Schools a few years ago, but he still teaches a couple of classes and stays very involved with helping out whenever and wherever he can. There are not a lot of people like John Bendix and the Waseca High School has been fortunate to have had him as a teacher, coach and special contributor to the Waseca community.
John and his wife Deanna, have two children, John and Katie, and three grandchildren.