Richard Bader is in his third year as an assistant athletics director/sport administration. Prior to that, he served as Director of Sports Operations for two years and previously served for nine seasons with the Spartan men's basketball program, including eight years as director of basketball operations.
Bader serves as the sport administrator for men's and women's cross country, track & field, field hockey, rowing, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis and wrestling.
As the director of basketball operations, Bader handled the day-to-day operations of the program, including many of the administrative responsibilities. During his time with the basketball team, the Spartans appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments, including three Final Fours, and captured two Big Ten Championships.
Prior to joining the basketball program, Bader served as head men's and women's swimming and diving coach at Michigan State. A 17-year head swimming coach at the collegiate level, Bader took over the MSU men's program in 1989. In 1993, he took over the women's team.
During his coaching tenure, Bader instructed 96 NCAA and NJCAA All-Americans. The 1997 Big Ten Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, he also held head coaching positions at Indian River Community College (1986-89) and Virginia Tech (1983-86). While at Indian River, he coached six national championship teams and was a four time recipient of the NJCAA Coach of the Year award. Besides collegiate swimming, Bader has experience on the international level with United States Swimming, having coached many athletes who have medaled on Olympic teams and other national squads.
Bader was an accomplished swimmer at Clemson University, becoming the first NCAA qualifier in school history. A four-year team MVP, Bader made four trips to the NCAA Championships during his collegiate career.
Bader's family includes his wife Kathy, daughters Christine and Kimberly and son Travis. Christine graduated from Michigan State in 2008, following four years as a member of the MSU women's tennis team. Travis was a four-year letterwinner at Oakland University (2010-14) and finished his career as the all-time leading 3-point shooter in NCAA Division I history with 504.