Former Cache girls basketball coach Brett Sanders will be the new coach at Newcastle, he confirmed to The Oklahoman.
Sanders, who spent the past season at Siloam Springs, Ark., said he signed the contract Friday afternoon to replace former coach Theresa Johnston, but has yet to meet with next season’s team at Newcastle.
A major factor in Sanders deciding to return to Oklahoma is that he felt homesick.
“I got a great team coming back,” Sanders said. “I’ve got all of my starters coming back here at Siloam, but it’s just a deal where I want to get back home. It just didn’t feel right being away from all of my family.
“I’ve always liked the town of Newcastle, the surroundings, where it’s located and I hope that I can stay there. It’s not a place where I want to go and move away. I’m coming hoping I can get a program going and establish something.”
Sanders, 53, last coached at Cache, where he guided the Bulldogs to an undefeated season and Class 4A championship in 2010 and a runner-up finish in 2011. Before that, he coached at Anadarko where he guided the Warriors to a Class 4A title in 2005.
Now, he’s hoping he can bring that success to Newcastle, which lost to Elgin in the Class 4A area tournament.
“I want to win wherever I go — not that I can — but I hope that I do,” Sanders said.
“I want to win this year. I haven’t seen them play or nothing. I hope we can get things going right away.”
Sanders retired when he left Cache following the 2011 season. His wife, Robbin, will also be an assistant principal and counselor at Newcastle.