David Sanders has been living in Tyler for the past few years.
Now, he will get the chance to coach in Tyler as he’s been selected as the new head girls’ basketball coach at All Saints Episcopal School, athletic director Eddie Francis announced on Monday.
“The first thing really was to get closer to home,” Sanders said. “Having three kids that are 5 and younger, I wanted to be closer to home. But I was not going to take any job. I was super particular in what I wanted for my next job, in large part due to how good I had it at New Summerfield.
“All Saints has always been on that short list for me. Knowing Coach Francis since I got to Tyler, there are a lot of incredible things about All Saints that put it on the short list. The recent success of the girls basketball program made it pretty appealing to me. I saw it open, so I went after it pretty hard.”
“Coach Sanders is one of the best and brightest basketball coaches in East Texas, and we are excited to have him leading our Lady Trojans basketball program,” Francis said in a news release. “We are convinced he will take our basketball program to new heights while positively impacting the lives of his players.”
Sanders replaces Katie Robertson as the head coach of the Lady Trojans.
Sanders spent the past three seasons as the head boys’ basketball coach at New Summerfield High School, leading the Hornets to a 24-8 record and a trip to the playoffs this past season. New Summerfield’s roster consisted of 12 seniors during the 2018-19 campaign.
Hunter Lacy, who has been on staff at New Summerfield, will take over as the head coach of the Hornets.
“I’m happy for him,” Sanders said. “He will get to put his mark on the program and also get to work with kids he’s coached for four years.”
Sanders was very thankful to New Summerfield superintendent Brian Nichols, New Summerfield High School principal Josh Faucett and New Summerfield Junior High principal Joe Brannen.
“That was my first head coaching opportunity,” Sanders said. “I feel like in my three years there, I grew up as a head coach. The kids really bought in to what I was selling. And the administrators were great at really putting me in a position to succeed.”
Sanders is taking over an All Saints program that went 18-15 and reached the second round of the playoffs this past season.
“They’ve had some really good teams in recent history, and I want to continue that,” Sanders said. “Something I really want to do is start at the youth levels and have girls stay in the program all the way through varsity. I want to get girls excited about playing and dreaming about being a varsity Lady Trojan.”
This will be Sanders’ second time coaching girls’ basketball as he coached one year at Dogan Middle School. Sanders also coached at Starkville Academy and Orangefield ISD.
Sanders said he wants his teams at All Saints to be prepared fundamentally, to love to compete and eventually play an up-tempo style of basketball.
Sanders and his wife, Myranda, have three children, Addy (5), Lainey (3) and Wells (6 months).