Sanders named Associate Head Basketball Coach at Winthrop

Winthrop head men’s basketball coach Mark Prosser announced the hiring of Monty Sanders to the coaching staff as Associate Head Coach.

Sanders returns to the Eagles after a two-year stint as an assistant coach with Campbell men’s basketball where he helped the team reach the Big South Conference Championship game in his first season. The Camels knocked off defending champion and second-seeded Longwood as well as third-seeded Radford to reach the final.  

“We are extremely excited to welcome Monty back to our program as Associate Head Coach,” said Prosser. “He possesses a wealth of experience, combined with an intimate understanding of our program here at Winthrop. He is a wonderful teacher of the game of basketball, and will continue to be a tremendous mentor for our student-athletes.”

In his first stop at Winthrop Sanders served as the Director of Player Development in 2021-22 before heading to join the Camels staff for the 2022-23 season. That season the Eagles posted a record of 23-9 and advanced to the Big South Conference Championship game. Sanders was the offensive coordinator for the squad in 2021-22 and returns to take on the same position for the Eagles in 2024-25.

Sanders spent the 2020-21 season at UNC Wilmington as an assistant coach. Prior to his stop at UNCW, Sanders spent two seasons with Prosser at Western Carolina. Sanders was an assistant coach during Prosser’s first season with the Catamounts in 2018-19 and before the start of the 2019-20 season was promoted to associate head coach. During that season (’19-20) he helped lead the team to the second-largest turnaround in NCAA D1 by winning 12 more games than the previous season. As the offensive coordinator he helped guide the team to final national rankings of 17th in scoring offense, 14th in three-point field goals per game and 17th in effective field goal percentage.

Sanders coaching career began at his alma mater as the director of operations for the Elon men’s basketball program. Sanders, who began his collegiate career at Richmond, played his final two seasons with the Phoenix and was a team captain as a senior. He was promoted to assistant coach before the 2013-14 season and spent five seasons in that role before departing to join Prosser at Western Carolina.

During his time at Elon, Sanders helped in the development of Lucas Troutman and Tyler Seibring. Troutman was a 1,600 point-scorer and became the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots. Seibring was a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and also named NABC All-District 10 twice.

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