The Left Bench was launched in 2013 by five University of Maryland freshmen as a blog covering sports of all sorts. Since our beginning, the staff has grown and our focus has changed. Now, The Left Bench focuses heavily on high school athletics and recruiting while still staying true to what we started out covering: professional and college sports.

One thing has not changed. The staff has spent enough time on the sidelines and now brings unique, intelligent, and witty insights to the wide world of sports for those on the field, those in the stands, and those playing “left bench.”

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Our Mission: The Left Bench strives to report on athletics and recruiting in a way that highlights the people who play the sports and their stories to provide sports fans with a unique and comprehensible perspective of professional, college, and high school athletics.



Justin is a senior multiplatform journalism major at the University of Maryland. He was born and raised in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb right outside of Columbus, Ohio. He was brought up with sports all around him and it has been a constant throughout his life. He loves his hometown and the Blue Jackets through the highs and the lows (and there are many more lows than highs).

He knew he wanted to do sports journalism at age 16. He was watching SportsCenter after school with a friend when his friend pointed out that all he does is watch sports anyway, so why not turn it into a career? That’s all Justin needed, and he has dedicated his efforts to making his dream happen.

In addition to work with The Left Bench, Justin has interned at USA Today and The Columbus Dispatch. His favorite articles are write are profiles. Justin feels everyone has a story to tell, and he enjoys being the medium for giving those stories to the world.

Business Director

Michael Stern is the Director of Business of The Left Bench. He is a broadcast journalism major and a member of the Class of 2016 at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Hailing from the great town of Plainsboro, New Jersey (home of Andrew Bynum and Elmer the Cow), Michael grew up a fan of all Philadelphia sports team. The Phillies, Eagles, and Sixers are his home town heroes, and he will root for the Flyers if he must. He also grew up a Rutgers fan, so he has never experienced good college basketball.

Michael is the Business Director of WMUC Sports, Maryland’s all sports radio station. Michael is a Crew Chief at Capital News Service, and can be seen decked out in red in the second row at most Terps football and basketball games. Michael also works for Rabble.TV, a new all sports, real-time, digital sports broadcasting platform.

Feel free to contact Michael with any questions, concerns, comments, or ideas. If you would like to advertise with The Left Bench, send Michael an email.

Director of Personnel

Kofie is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and he is currently a student at the University of Maryland. He recklessly live-tweets sporting events and enjoys good sports meme when he sees one.

As the Director of Personnel, Kofie take pride in adding talented, hungry writers who want to tell stories of the athletes. Kofie believes that stories are everywhere, you just have to look.

His strength? Networking. As the Director of Personnel Kofie realizes that missed opportunities lead to more missed opportunities. Kofie is always ready to seize opportunities, or even make opportunities, when they present themselves.

Kofie is the student liaison of the first APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) student chapter at the University of Maryland.

Kofie has interned at D.C. United and USA Today College. He has also been contributor to USA TODAY College

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  • Bruce New

    Good Luck to The Left Bench staff with your Blog. Please keep me posted.

  • Bruce New

    Hey Mitch
    Aaron Nola. Welcome to the Phillies where you may need pitch shut-out after shut-out if you want numbers in the win column.