Fourth-year coach led men's team to sweep of sprints at America East Championships
Gabe Sanders enters his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Boston University track and field programs in 2014-15 as the program's sprints, long hurdles and sprint relays coach and recruiting coordinator. Since joining the Terriers, Sanders' event areas have not only become a dominant force both at the conference and regional levels but at the national level as well.
In Sanders time with the Terriers his event areas have garnered 12 Boston University School Records which have been repeatedly lowered, a combined 35 Patriot League and America East Conference Champions, 10 Patriot League Conference Meet and America East Conference Meet Records, 16 NCAA Regional/1st Round Qualifiers, and 1 NCAA Finalist.
The Sprints group impact was felt immediately in BU's inaugural year in the Patriot League in 2014, garnering 7 individual and relay conference champions, and 4 Patriot League Championship Meet records. Sanders group also achieved or lowered 3 school records, including the second fast indoor women's 4x400m relay time in New England history (3:38.97). Sanders was also the event coach of the Patriot League Men's and Women's Rookies of the Year. In the Summer of 2014 one of Sanders most notable pupils, Gemma Acheampong, BU and Patriot League record holder in the 100m dash was named to the Ghana National Team and competed in the Commonwealth Games and All African Games in the Summer of 2014, winning a bronze medal in the All African Games 4x100m Relay.
In 2013, although the Terriers did not compete at the conference level the sprints group took no time off, most notably running a Boston University and All New England Area Record in the men's indoor 4x400m relay of 3:08.41. During the outdoor season the sprints group qualified 3 athletes to the NCAA 1st Round and 1 athlete to the NCAA Finals.
In 2012, Sanders coached 12 individual conference champions and two relay champions. Those results included three conference meet records. On the men's side, Sanders coached the America East Most Outstanding Performer during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Sanders' event areas also achieved three school records and four NCAA First Round marks in 2012. For his group's success, Sanders was named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Indoor Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2011, Sanders coached eight individual conference champions and two relay champions, which included six conference meet records. Among those competitors were the America East Outdoor Male and Female Most Outstanding Performers. Sanders event areas also achieved six school records and six NCAA First Round marks.
During the course of his first four seasons, his event areas have garnered 11 school records, 28 conference individual and relay championships, four conference MVP awards, two conference Rookie of the Year awards and 11 NCAA First Round marks. In 2011, he coached eight individual conference champions, two relay champions, six conference meet records, six school records and six NCAA First Round marks, en route to being nominated for the Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year Award by the USTFCCCA. In 2009 and 2012, he was part of Robyne Johnson's staff that earned Women's Coaching Staff of the Year honors at the America East Indoor Championship.
Before joining the Terriers, Sanders spent a year as an assistant coach with the men's cross country and track and field teams at Colgate University, where he designed and implemented training programs for all track and field student-athletes, directly overseeing sprints, jumps, hurdles and throws and assisting with middle distance runners.
Sanders helped the Raiders to their highest finishes at the Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Championships since the inclusion of all eight schools in the league, while five school records were broken last season and 21 top-ten times were recorded, the most in one season in school history.
Prior to Colgate, Sanders served as an assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field teams at Williams College for two seasons, where he oversaw jumpers and assisted with sprinters. While with the Ephs, he helped the event athletes earn 12 All-American certificates and set eight school records.
He served as the event coach for the USTFCCCA New England Region Field Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2007, while the event athletes under his watch contributed 21 of the team's 42 points to win the 2007 NCAA Division III women's indoor championship and four points to the men's 14th-place finish.
Sanders has also served as an assistant director and lead instructor at Sandy Sanders Camps of Champions, helping to design and implement speed and agility training programs for various teams in the Ann Arbor, Mich., area during the past eight years. He was a lead instructor at the University of Michigan Track and Field Camp and has also worked with Olympic and elite level track and field athletes.
Sanders competed at Michigan for the 2002-03 seasons as a sprinter and jumper. After being sidelined with injury, he switched to the coaching and administrative side, serving as the Wolverines' undergraduate administrative assistant and student assistant coach, where he was responsible for assisting the coaching staff in day-to-day operations, including home meet management, equipment management, aiding in recruiting efforts, supervising student managers and implementing workouts with specific event athletes.
While at Michigan, Sanders was the head meet manager at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championship hosted by the Wolverines in 2004, where he was responsible for recruitment, assignment and supervision of volunteer meet personnel, assisting in the design of the meet setup, coordinating meet setup and takedown and serving as the meet's manager and troubleshooter. Sanders was also a counselor at the Michigan Summer Track and Field Camp and Speed and Agility Camp for four years.
A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Sanders earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology with a major in sport management and communication from the University of Michigan in December 2005. In 2014 Sanders earned his master's degree in physical education with a specialization in coaching from Boston University. Sanders is a USTFCCCA Sprints, Hurdles and Relay Certified Specialist and is a USA Track and Field Level I and II certified coach in the sprints, hurdles, relays and jumping events. Sanders is also certified to teach USATF Level I curriculum by the USATF ITC.