In the summer of 2017, Nate became the varsity girls basketball coach at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. Prior to that he built one of the top basketball programs in the state at Springville High School. During his tenure at Springville his teams had a record of 112-59 (.665) including 74-7 during his last three seasons. Springville won back-to-back state titles in 2016 & 2017 and was state runner-up in 2015. Nate is also the Director of Product Development at Breakthrough Basketball.
Sanderson has received numerous regional and statewide coaching awards. His program has been recognized by Character Counts of Iowa for their commitment to community service and character development. In his seven years at Springville, his basketball program has raised over $30,000 for various local and international charities.
Nate is a frequent speaker at coaching clinics around the country specializing in building championship culture, leadership development, and using a games-based approach to practice. His mission is to challenge athletes and coaches alike to create an experience for young people that is deeply meaningful beyond the game.
Nate graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Social Studies Education. He was a high school social studies teacher before joining Breakthrough Basketball. Nate has a masters degree from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership. His research emphasis was on the application of servant leadership to sports – a philosophy that forms the foundation of his approach to coaching. He has been married for 12 years and two young daughters.
With the help of his basketball team, he built a wiffle ball field in his yard where the host tournaments for charity.
You can follow Nate on Twitter @CoachNSanderson