Wednesday, June 22, 2016

VSU Trojan Football Names Sanders as Defensive Coordinator

PETERSBURG, Virginia -- As Virginia State University Trojan Football prepares for the 2016 season under the leadership of new head coach Reggie Barlow, the program has added depth to their coaching staff with the addition of Defensive Coordinator Dwone Sanders.

"Sanders is a guy who has a wealth of knowledge and experience," said Coach Barlow. "He coached me in college and left a lasting impression, so I have always wanted to work with him since then. Sanders has been a head coach and knows the profession. I am glad he is here to lead our defense."

Prior to his arrival to VSU, Sanders was Langston University's head football coach from 2012-2015 and their defensive coordinator from 2011-2012.

In the early 2000's, Sanders served as the defensive coordinator and head coach at several high schools to include Miller-McCoy Academy, Booker T. Washington High School and George Washington High School.

After coaching the secondary at Utah State University for a single season in 1995, Sanders ventured to Alabama State University where he served three years as the Co-defensive coordinator. During his time at Alabama State, Sanders coached VSU's current head football coach Reggie Barlow.

In 1992, Sanders entered the collegiate coaching arena as the linebackers coach at Southeast Missouri State. After getting his first initial coaching position fresh out of college as the linebackers coach at Buras High School in 1990, Sanders served as a graduate assistant at Penn State in
State College Pennsylvania.

The New Orleans native graduated from McNeese State University in 1990. He also received his master degree in urban education from Southern University in 2005.

"I was honored by the invitation from Coach Barlow to be a part of this fine football staff," said Sanders. Coach Barlow and I go way back, so I know his growth and passion for the game and the development of the student-athletes. I believe in Coach Barlow's vision and direction for this team because we are inclined to do great things here at VSU. I am excited to be a Trojan as we work toward being one team with one dream."

The 2016 VSU Trojan Football season officially kicks-off on September 3 at Lenoir-Rhyne.

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