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The dean of Atlantic Sun Conference coaches, Scott Sanderson was named the head coach for the Lipscomb Bisons basketball team in June 1999.
The only coach for the Bisons since the transition to NCAA Division I play, Sanderson, just completed his 14th season at the helm of the Bisons program, has led Lipscomb to a record of 222-201. He is 306-226 overall as a head coach.
He won A-Sun regular season championships in 2006 and 2010. Sanderson led the Bisons to the program's first ever post-season appearance in the NIT Tournament in 2006. He was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year that season.
In the seven years since the Bisons were allowed to compete for the Atlantic Sun Championship, Sanderson’s Bisons have won 56.8 percent of their games and averaged 17.3 wins per season.
His best season since the Bisons joined the Atlantic Sun Conference was 2005-06. He reaped the benefits of his hard work as the Bisons tied for the regular season championship in the Atlantic Sun Conference, advanced to the finals of the conference tournament and made the school's first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament with a first round trip to Texas-El Paso. The Bisons finished 15-5 in the conference, 21-11 overall.
Sanderson won his second Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title in 2009-10. Led by junior all-conference selections Josh Slater and Adnan Hodzic, the Bisons finished 14-6 in the conference and earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Hodzic, a native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Slater, a product of David Lipscomb Campus School, began their Lipscomb careers in 2007 and were a dynamic duo for Sanderson over their four years.
Hodzic scored 2,002 points for sixth most all-time in Lipscomb history and was a three-time all-conference selection. He was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American his junior year. Slater finished with career 1,602 points and was a two-time all-conference selection.
When Sanderson arrived on campus for the 1999-2000 season, he inherited a program that was in turmoil due to the switch in affiliations and the loss of veteran coach Don Meyer.
With only seven players returning from the previous season Sanderson went out and recruited several talented players. Sanderson made his mark quickly winning his first 16 games during the 1999-2000 season. The Bisons finished the season 34-4, good enough for a No.2 ranking nationally in the NAIA. The Bisons advanced to the "Elite Eight" in the NAIA National Tournament.
Sanderson began his head coaching career at the University of Mobile where he posted an 84-25 record over three seasons. The 1998-99 team won 34 games, a school record. The 1998-99 team also advanced to the NAIA National Championship game.
Sanderson was named the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1999. He won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award in 1998 and 1999.
Before becoming a head coach, Sanderson made five stops as an assistant coach, starting with a graduate assistant coaching position at the University of South Carolina from 1984-85. He has worked with Terry Holland at the University of Virginia, Tim Floyd at the University of New Orleans, Bill Foster at the University of South Carolina and Joe Harrington at the University of Colorado.
From 1990-96, Sanderson served as an assistant coach at Colorado. His duties included on-the-floor coaching, recruiting, conditioning, scouting and scheduling. He had full responsibility for coordinating and directing Colorado's summer basketball camp.
Sanderson was an assistant coach at New Orleans from 1988-90. He was involved with on-the-floor coaching, scouting report preparation on future opponents, on-campus recruiting and direction of the summer camp. Sanderson was credited with the development of Ervin Johnson who played in the NBA. New Orleans won two conference titles while Sanderson worked there.
As a graduate assistant at Virginia from 1987-88 Sanderson worked with the perimeter players and was head coach of the junior varsity team for the Cavaliers. Sanderson also served as a graduate assistant at South Carolina. His first full-time job as an assistant was working for his older brother, Jim, at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. He spent two seasons at Faulkner, helping to transform the team from a 1-27 finish to a 17-10 record the next season.
Sanderson lettered four years as a guard for the University of South Carolina. As a member of the Gamecocks basketball team he played in the NIT, served as team captain and led the team in free throw percentage as a senior.
In 1984 he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from South Carolina. He has worked on his Masters of Education Degree at South Carolina from 1984-85 and Virginia from 1987-88.
Basketball has been an important part of the Sanderson family for many years, with success on several levels of the game. Scott's father, Wimp, spent 12 seasons as head coach of the University of Alabama and five years at the helm of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Scott's two brothers have also been involved in college coaching. Jim is the head coach at Faulkner University, guiding his team to the 2001 NAIA National Championship. Barry is a former collegiate assistant at schools including Alabama and South Carolina, in addition to a year at Lipscomb.
Sanderson is married to the former Ronda Honaker. They have four sons – Carter, Clint, Garrett and Grant. Carter is a redshirt sophomore on the Bisons basketball team.
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