Lipscomb’s head basketball coach Scott Sanderson resigns

Lipscomb's head basketball coach Scott Sanderson resigns (Image 1)

Lipscomb University's head basketball coach Scott Sanderson resigned from his position on Tuesday.

Sanderson said he is departing the university in order to pursue other career opportunities.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Lipscomb University for the wonderful 14 years my family and I have experienced here,” said Sanderson in a statement.

He continued, “After much consideration, I believe it is time for me and the university to go in different directions. I do believe we have made positive strides in guiding the program from NAIA to NCAA Division I competition. I would like to thank my current and former players, my coaching staff—both past and present—the administration, our board of trustees and our president, Dr. Randy Lowry. I wish Lipscomb University much success in all its future endeavors.”

Sanderson just completed his 14th season with the Bisons and has been the only coach the team has had since their transition to NCAA Division I.

Sanderson, whose record was 222-201, was named “Basketball Times” NAIA National Coach of the Year 1999-2000. He also named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year in 2006.

“Scott has been a key part of Lipscomb athletics and its transition to NCAA Division I for more than 14 years,” Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson said. “I know him to be a man of fine character who is committed to the game. We have worked with Scott through many conversations recently as he has come to this decision. The university is committed to being helpful and generous as Scott and his family makes this transition. We wish him every success.”

Hutcheson said that assistant coach Pete Froedden will immediately assume leadership of all men's basketball program activities and administration while a search for Sanderson's successor is underway.

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