Sheri Sanders

Coach


Sheri Sanders, a 1986 graduate of Norte Vista High School, had many doubters throughout her career because of her small stature-5-2- but she has spent a lifetime proving those doubters wrong.

Sheri Sanders
  • Biography

    Sheri Sanders, a 1986 graduate of Norte Vista High School, had many doubters throughout her career because of her small stature-5-2- but she has spent a lifetime proving those doubters wrong.

    As a player, Sanders was a four-year starter at Long Beach State where she was later inducted into the LBSU Athletics Hall of Fame twice, once as an individual player in 2001.  Again, in 2011 as a member of the 1989 National Championship Team that went 32-5 to deliver the first ever NCAA Title Championship for the University.  Sanders was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team in 1986, Second Team in 1988 and First Team in 1989.  She still holds program and Division I records in the categories of Setting Assists (6,031), digs (1,180) and service aces (151). Sanders was a First-Team AVCA All-American. In 2017, Sherri Sanders was recognized in the top-5 as one of the best female volleyball players in Southern California history.

    Immediately following her Sr year play at CSULB, Sanders was invited to join the USA National Team with NCAA MVP teammate Tara Cross-Battle.  Sanders signed and remained with the team for about two and a half years. She would compete in the 1991 FIVB World Cup games helping the team to finish 3rd to qualify for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

    Sanders then went on to play for the next 7 years on several professional teams domestically for the PVL and NVA and was voted in as the director of players personnel.  After a brief international tour throughout Europe, Sanders returned to the US to join the Bud Light 4-Person Professional Beach Volleyball Tour for Teams Nike and Forrester.

    Sanders spent the past 30-plus years providing specialized volleyball skills training and has developed hundreds of top-ranking setters in Southern California. As a specialized setting instructor in Southern California, Sanders helped train the likes of nationally renowned players like three-time Olympian Misty May-Trainer (CSULB). She has been instrumental in placing several top-ranking female and male prep athletes into the top Division I programs, like Scottee Johnson (Michigan), Sophia Lambros (Boston), Josh Rosenblum (CSULB), Patrick Paragus (UCSB) and Ashly Humphries (USC).

    Prior to her transition to individual skills training, Sanders founded and directed the In Motion VBC in Long Beach. Throughout the early 1990’s, her program produced several Nationally ranked teams in all age divisions.  Sanders attained a couple of league titles and CIF playoff finishes as the coach at Cerritos HS.  In the summer of 2022, coaching for Pulse Athletics VBC, Sanders helped lead the boys 18-1s team to a Bronze medal at the 2022 AAU Nationals directly followed by a 7th place finish at USA Nationals.

    In the late 1990’s, Sheri first stepped into the collegiate coaching arena as an assistant at Golden West College.  She was quickly snatched away by top-ranked world-class player Paula Weishoff to join her at Concordia University as their offensive coordinator. They both led the team to the top of their conference and a second-round postseason appearance. Sherri has been a volunteer assistant at Washington State University and currently is an assistant at the University of California, Riverside.

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