Jul. 31, 2000
BOCA RATON, FL -
Mark Sander has been named assistant football coach at Florida Atlantic University, announced Howard Schnellenberger, FAU's Director of Football Operations and Head Football Coach.
"Mark was an outstanding player for me at Louisville," said Schnellenberger. "He was instrumental in Louisville's assent to the top-10 and will be equally valuable here at FAU."
Sander, who will officially join the staff August 1, is an example of Schnellenberger recruiting outstanding players close to home. Sander, a standout in both football, where he was named first team all-state as a senior and track at DeSales High School, selected to play for his hometown college, the University of Louisville, where he earned third team All-America honors as a senior and set the school's all-time tackles record with 488.
He joined the Cardinals in the fall of 1986 and graduated in 1991 with a B.S. in Political Science after an outstanding career on the field, where he guided the squad to a top10 ranking.
Sander also helped lead Louisville to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Alabama while being named to the Academic Honor Roll in both 1989 and 1990.
Following hsi collegiate career, Sander spent nine seasons as a professional football player. He joined the Miami Dolphins practice squad in 1991 and was a member of the 1992 team, which went on to win the AFC East, and the 1993 squad. He attended the Cleveland Browns' mini camp in 1994 before playing in the WFL (currently known as NFL Europe) for the Scottish Claymores in 1995. Sander served as the Claymores team captain and was a member of the All-World League team. He returned to the same squad in 1996, where he again served as team captain and guided the squad to the World Bowl Championship. Sander transformed the WFL experience into a two-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers. He concluded his professional football career with the Orlando Predators, an arena football team. Sander will come to FAU after teaching math at the Archdiocese of Louisville, since 1998. He has played for such coaching greats as George Siefert, Steve Mariucci, Don Shula and Schnellenberger. His addition to the FAU staff will reunite him with former teammate Mel Mills, and assistant coaches Christ Vagotis and Kirk Hoza.