Asbury Hires Sanders as Softball Coach
WILMORE, Ky. – Jon Sanders has been named the head coach of Asbury University’s softball program as announced on Wednesday by Athletics Director Mark Perdue. Sanders becomes the second coach of the program since it was resurrected in 2009 following a five-year hiatus.
Sanders takes over an Asbury program that went 20-13 last season and qualified for the NAIA Softball National Championship Tournament by winning the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.
“We are very excited that Jon Sanders is taking over our softball program, and confident he will continue the recent success,” said Perdue. “He is highly energetic and enthusiastic and has the perfect mindset that correlates with the mission of Asbury University.”
Sanders was a successful coach on the Indiana high school and travel-team levels. He led the Hamilton Heights High School (Arcadia, Ind.) to two conference titles (2009 and 2010) and was named the coach of the year in the conference in 2009. Sanders spent four years (2005-08) leading Daleville High School and Bloomington North High School, where he won two more conference titles and one sectional title. He amassed a record of 186-57 (.765 winning percentage) in six years as a high school head coach.
Sanders has also enjoyed success on the travel-team circuit, starting the Indiana Huskies program and leading it to consecutive state runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009. The Huskies made one appearance in the national tournament in 2009.
“I’m really excited to be here and ready to continue the successes of this program,” said Sanders. “I love being part of a Christ-centered school and look forward to helping our kids grow spiritually. I can’t wait to meet the girls and get started with pre-season in the fall.”