By Ryan Murken
Your Prep Sports
Scott Sanders has entered the fall each of the last eight years with the goal of helping to lead West High to state volleyball title.
Sanders has the same goal for this fall but it’s going to come with a slightly different feeling a little new position.
After eight seasons as a varsity assistant Sanders has been named as the head volleyball coach at West High pending board approval.
“It does feel a little different, the buck stops with me and instead of going with somebody else’s practice plan I’m writing it,” Sanders said. “It’s different but I’ve done a majority of the responsibilities under each of the previous two coaches and what I want to accomplish isn’t any different.”
Sanders takes over for Randy Dolson who resigned last month after three seasons at West High to take over the volleyball program at Liberty High.
West High went 78-39 in three seasons under Dolson, reaching the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state tournament in each of those seasons.
Sanders was an assistant on each of those state tournament teams.
“It’s one of the best programs in the state and I’ve put a lot of time and energy into,” Sanders said. “I love the kids, I love the program as a whole and I love the school so it’s a great opportunity.”
Sanders spent five seasons as an assistant at West High to hall of fame coach Kathy Bresnahan.
During those five seasons the Women of Troy reach the state tournament three times, winning Class 4A titles in 2010 and 2011.
“Scott has been an integral part of our volleyball program, and will continue to enhance the knowledge and skills of our players in our program moving forward,” West High athletic director Craig Huegel said in a release. “He will strive to maximize the potential of our teams, while ensuring that our student-athletes have a fun, rewarding experience.”
Sanders takes over a West High program coming off a 23-15 season that ended with a loss to state champion Ankeny Centennial in the 5A quarterfinals.
West High brings back just one full-time starter from last year’s squad but has a roster full of young talent.
“I did the math and we lost a third of every recordable is coming back, so we lost about two thirds of everything,” Sander said. “There is some talent that had to sit and wait for a little bit and that’s kind of the way it goes at a 5A school of this caliber.”