Familiar face returns to Cordova

Sanders takes over as boys head coach

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CORDOVA — Nathan Sanders was part of a coaching staff that led Cordova to a state basketball title in 2018.
 
Now the former assistant coach takes over as the head coach, trying to get the Blue Devils back to respectability.
 
Sanders replaces coach Leon Douglas who led both the boys and girls programs last year.
 
Cordova’s boys started off the 2019-20 season 0-10 and finished 4-17. Since defeating Madison Academy in the Class 4A championship game in March of 2018, Cordova’s boys have won a total of seven games.
 
“It’s always been my goal to he a head (varsity) coach. As an assistant, I’ve tried to learn as much as I could,” Sanders, 28, said. “I enjoy being around the kids, creating relationships with them. I think they have a lot of potential and I want to build something with them.”
 
Sanders makes the move across the street. He’s spent the last four years as the head boys coach at Bankhead Middle School. He also served as an assistant at Cordova under head coach Heath Burns for three years (2016-19).
 
Sanders is a 2010 graduate of Cold Springs High School. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015.
 
He is currently working on getting his players familiar with his system.
 
“Right now I’m trying to get the kids to play with a lot of energy and effort. I’m bringing the energy back to the program,” Sanders said.
 
“I’m trying to slowly, but surely implement our offense right now because we are doing something completely different than they did last year. We are going to run a dribble-drive system. We are going to attack the rim and we’re going to be shooting the 3 a lot.”
 
Sanders inherits a young team with just two seniors — Dylan Hendrix and Jason Johnson.Hendrix was a freshman on Cordova’s championship team in 2018. 
 
“I like the roster. We are going to rely on the seniors to lead us, and we’ve got some young kids I’m excited about,” Sanders said.
 
Cordova will be joined in Class 5A, Area 12 with Center Point, Corner and Hayden. Center Point finished as the 5A state runner-up last year, losing to Fairfield in the championship game. 
 
“With the style we are going to play, I feel we can compete in (the area),” Sanders said.