U-M Tabs Sanderson as Strength and Conditioning Coach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced today (Friday, June 19) the hiring of Jon Sanderson as the head strength and conditioning coach for basketball and Olympic sports.

Sanderson comes to Michigan after spending the last three years (2006-09) at Clemson University as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, primarily working with the men's and women's basketball programs and serving as the director of the Littlejohn Coliseum weight room.

"I cannot tell you how excited I am to accept this position and be a part of the Michigan athletic family," said Sanderson. "As a former Big Ten Athlete I understand the demands of our student-athletes and will coach them at the highest level with passion and integrity. I look forward to contributing in every aspect of the Michigan athletic strength and conditioning program."

"We were able to establish, for our players, a great foundation of our strength and conditioning over the last two years," said U-M men's basketball head coach John Beilein. "We love Jon's innovated thinking regarding basketball-specific strength training. We are confident he will step right in and have an immediate positive impact on our players' development."

"We're excited to welcome Jon to our program," said U-M women's basketball head coach Kevin Borseth. "He comes highly recommended from the Clemson women's basketball staff. He's got a genuine interest in our sport and works well with female athletes. We're excited for him to work with our players and for our players to work with him."

Prior to his work at Clemson, Sanderson served as the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports at Marshall University from 2003-06. In addition to his coaching duties, he also served as the sports nutrition coordinator for Marshall's Olympic programs. Sanderson, who is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA), a certified USA weightlifting club coach (USWF) and a certified sports nutritionist (IFA), is a native of Mansfield, Ohio, and played college basketball at Ohio State (1998-99) and Ohio University (2001-02).

During his career, he was a three-year starter (two at Ohio State, one at Ohio), including starting on the 1999 Ohio State Final Four team. Sanderson received both his bachelor's degreein Communications (2001) and his master's degreein Recreation and Sport Sciences (2002) from Ohio University.

Media Contacts: Tom Wywrot (men's basketball), Jessica Poole (women's basketball) (734) 763-4423

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