“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.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH