Marvin Sanders
Marvin Sanders

Position:
Assoc. Head Coach/Def. Coordinator


Coaching Experience
2012 - Florida Atlantic (Associate Head Coach/DC/Secondary)
2008-10 - Nebraska (Assistant Coach/Secondary)
2004-06 - North Carolina (Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs)
2003 - Nebraska (Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs)
2001-02 - Colorado State (Assistant Coach/Secondary)
2000 - New Mexico State (Assistant Coach/Defensive Ends, Outside Linebackers)
1997-99 - Nebraska-Omaha (Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
1995-96 - Nebraska-Omaha (Assistant Coach/Secondary)
1994 - Minnesota-Morris (Assistant Coach/Secondary, Sports Information Director)
1992-93 - Nebraska Wesleyan (Assistant Coach/Secondary)

Bowl Games as a Coach
2010 - Nebraska (Holiday Bowl)
2009 - Nebraska (Holiday Bowl)
2008 - Nebraska (Gator Bowl)
2003 - Nebraska (Alamo Bowl)
2002 - Colorado State (Independence)
2001 - Colorado State (New Orleans)

Bowl Games as a Player
1986 - Sugar Bowl
1987 - Fiesta Bowl
1988 - Orange Bowl
1989 - Fiesta Bowl

Playing Experience
University of Nebraska 1985-89

The Sanders File
Birth date: October 2, 1967
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Education: Bachelor's in business administration, Nebraska, 1990
Playing Experience: 1985-89, Nebraska
Family: Wife, Susan
Children: Daughter, Chandler Marie (20); son, Payton (16)

At Nebraska
Marvin Sanders served three seasons as the Nebraska secondary coach and two as the assistant head coach-defense. His three-year stint marked the return of the former Cornhusker standout after serving as the defensive backs coach in 2003. NU's secondary was recognized as one of the nation's best during his tenure. In fact, Phile Steele's Magazine ranked the Cornhusker's secondary the best and backed it up with a No. 1 (2009) and No. 3 (2010) NCAA statistical rank in passing efficiency. Sanders secondary topped the nation with 19 interceptions while allowing only 48.2% completion rate, which was second in the country and first among Big 12 teams in both pass defense and passing efficiency defense. Cornerback Prince Amukamara garnered First Team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award. Safety Eric Hagg earned first Team All-Big 12 honors while Afonso Dennard earned second team honors. At season's end, Amukamura Dejon Gomes and Erik Haag were taken in the NFL draft. He also coached Alfonso Dennard who is projected to be one of the top-three cornerbacks taken in the 2012 draft.

The secondary was one of the nation's best in 2009, helping Nebraska lead the nation in pass efficiency defense and scoring defense. The national pass efficiency defense crown marked NU's second in three seasons with Sanders as secondary coach (also in 2003). NU also ranked in the top 10 nationally in sacks, rushing defense and total defense. Sanders' defensive backs picked off 18 passes, while allowing only seven touchdown passes and 178.9 yards per game. NU limited opponents to a 47.8-percent pass completion mark to rank fourth nationally.

Sanders had a pair of first-team All-Big 12 picks in 2009, and five defensive backs earned all-league accolades. Senior safety Larry Asante and junior cornerback Prince Amukamara were first-team selections. Amukamara returned in 2010 with DeJon Gomes and Eric Hagg, who each earned honorable-mention honors in 2009, along with departed Matt O'Hanlon. Asante was taken in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft while O'Hanlon signed as a free agent.

In 2008, Sanders developed a young Nebraska secondary that helped NU rank second in the Big 12 Conference in total defense. In a loaded conference that included five of the nation's top eight passing offenses, the Husker secondary ranked second in the Big 12 in pass defense (233.4 ypg).

Sanders' first opportunity as a Nebraska assistant came in 2003 as NU set a school record with 47 takeaways, keying a 10-3 season. The Cornhusker defense set a school and league record with 32 interceptions and led the nation in pass efficiency defense, while finishing second in the country in scoring defense. Safety Josh Bullocks recorded, a school-record, 10 interceptions and became just the second NU sophomore in school history to earn All-America honors. Bullocks ended the year as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.

At North Carolina
Sanders left NU, the first time, to take co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach position at North Carolina and after just one season he was elevated to defensive coordinator. Sanders was on UNC's staff from 2004-2006. In his first season at UNC, Sanders was the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach and helped the Tar Heels reach a bowl game with a 5-3 record in ACC play. UNC won three of its final four games, allowing 338 yards per game in the final four contests, including just 234 against Duke, the fewest by a UNC defense in three years. Under Sanders' tutelage as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach, his final two seasons at UNC, Carolina jumped more than 60 spots to No. 42 nationally in total defense (2005), including holding Virginia to 199 total yards and limiting Boston College to just 14 points. The Tar Heels held opponents to 280.4 yards per contest in five victories and posted their highest interception total since 1999. In 2006, Sanders' pupil, senior Kareen Taylor, earned a No. 4 rank in the ACC and was among the nation's top 25 in interceptions.

At Colorado State
Sanders first returned to Lincoln, home of his collegiate playing career, after a two-year stint as the secondary coach on Sonny Lubick's Colorado State staff (2001 and 2002). The Rams posted a 17-9 record during Sanders' two seasons in Fort Collins, including winning the 2002 Mountain West title and earning a pair of bowl trips.

At New Mexico State
Before his two seasons at CSU, Sanders spent one season at New Mexico State, where he coached defensive ends and outside linebackers for Head Coach Tony Samuel.

At Nebraska -Omaha
Sanders spent five seasons at Nebraska-Omaha (1995-1999) where he was the Mavericks' secondary coach each of the five seasons and the team's defensive coordinator for his final three years in Omaha. UNO won two North Central Conference titles and appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs twice during his tenure.

At Minnesota-Morris
A native of Markham, IL, Sanders was the secondary coach at Minnesota-Morris (1994), where he also served as sports information director.

At Nebraska Wesleyan Sanders gained his first collegiate coaching experience at Nebraska Wesleyan (1992-93).

As a Collegiate Player
Sanders earned three letters as a defensive back at Nebraska from 1987 to 1989, playing for Tom Osborne and secondary coach George Darlington. Despite injury, Sanders played in nine games in 1989 and earned honorable-mention All-Big Eight honors for the Fiesta Bowl squad.

Professional Players Coached
Prince Amukamara - New York Giants (1st)
Dejon Gomes - Washington Redskins (Free Agent)
Eric Hagg - Cleveland Browns (7th)
Larry Asante - Cleveland Browns (5th)
Eric Rhett - Tampa Bay (2nd)
Dexter Wynn - Philadelphia Eagles (6th)
Gerald Sensalauyh - Jacksonville Jaguars (5th)
Cedric Holt - Tennessee Titans (Free Agent)
Fabian Washington - Oakland Raiders (1st)
Josh Bullocks - New Orleans Saints (2nd)
Daniel Bulloks - Detroit Lions (2nd)
Andrew Shanle - Chicago Bears (Free Agent)
Lornell MacPherson - Carolina Panthers (Free Agent)
Jerrell Pippens - San Diego Charger (Free Agent)

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