Sanderson to Lead Men’s Basketball


Athletics // June 21, 2016

Freed-Hardeman University has named Jim Sanderson, former head coach at Faulkner University, the new head coach of the Lion basketball program. He began his duties June 1.

Sanderson coached 24 years at Faulkner University, where he posted a 481-296 overall record that ranked him among the NAIA’s top 10 winningest coaches. He led the Eagles to an NAIA National Championship in 2001. He capped off his career there in 2013 with an NAIA National Tournament appearance and a 29-6 record.

Sanderson led Faulkner to six conference tournament championships and received Coach of the Year honors on five occasions. He garnered National Coach of the Year honors in 1999 after leading his team to a 30-6 overall record.

Sanderson attended the University of Alabama, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in physical education in 1982. He currently is pursuing a Master of Science in guidance and counseling.

“My family and I are very excited about being back in college coaching and the opportunity to become a part of the Freed-Hardeman family. We are very familiar with the Christian campus environment, which will help us make a difference in the lives of young people,” Sanderson said.

Mike McCutchen, FHU athletic director, said, “Coach Sanderson is a proven winner, but more importantly he has a strong commitment to Christian education. He and his family are a great fit for FHU, and we look forward to having them become part of the FHU community.”