HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Watauga’s Sanders exits after 15 years as boys’ head coach

Published Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

With Rob Sanders not returning as head boys’ basketball coach at Watauga High, the list of longest-tenured coaches in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A:
Coach/School                  Team               Years
Jeff Parham, S. Caldwell      Girls                   21
Barbara Helms, Hickory      Girls                   16
Amber Reddick, Freedom    Girls                  15
Ed Wills, Alex Central          Boys                   15
Casey Rogers, Freedom        Boys                  13
Jimmy Carr, Lincolnton        Girls                 12
Randy Joines, Bunker Hill   Girls                 10
SOURCE: HobbsDailyReport.com research and files.


BOONE – Rob Sanders – whose 200 wins as head boys’ basketball coach at Watauga High is the most in school history — won’t be back for a 16th season.

The Pioneers announced on Tuesday they’ve started a search for a new head coach and that Sanders will remain at the school as a physical education teacher.

Sanders became head coach in 2004, following Bobby Jones as head coach, and exits with a 200-181 record that includes the Pioneers going 13-13 this season.

He surpassed a previous career win mark at Watauga (198) held by Carter Lentz.

Sanders’ exit leaves Ed Wills of Alexander Central as the longest tenured boys’ basketball coach in the Northwestern 3A-4A. He’ll enter his 16th year next season.

MORE COVERAGE: https://www.wataugademocrat.com/sports/sanders-steps-down-as-whs-boys-basketball-head-coach/article_c3e468f1-8bb1-5e55-a330-a276f3c1ba6e.html

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