On Thursday, June 4, New Brockton High School hired former Clemson football player Matt Sanders as the school’s new defensive line coach.
Sanders will also serve as the school’s strength and conditioning coach for all sports as he takes over the position vacated by former coach Tyler Stump, who returned to Enterprise recently.
Sanders was an all-state and Northwest Florida Offensive Linemen of the Year at Crestview High School (Fla.) before accepting a scholarship at Clemson where he played at both offensive guard and center.
Following graduation, Sanders returned to his alma mater to coach the offensive line at Crestview. Sanders came to the Wiregrass for one season in 2016 as he accepted the offensive coordinator position at Samson before returning to Crestview the following season.
Sanders switched to the defensive side of the ball upon his return to Crestview, coaching the linebackers, and will now coach the defensive line along with lead the strength and conditioning program for all sports.
“I heard (New Brockton) had an opening and I was really interested,” Sanders said of coming to New Brockton. “I had heard Coach (Zack) Holmes had a good thing going here and I wanted to come be a part of it.”
Holmes said New Brockton was excited to bring in a coach with so much experience on the field and in the weight room.
“We’re super excited to have him,” Holmes said. “I think he’s going to be a great addition to our staff.
“He has eight years of coaching experience, so he has some good coaching experience and he has a weight room background and a great (playing) background having played at Clemson.”
Having coached on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, Sanders said that bringing his offensive line mentality can only help his defensive linemen.
“It’s been fun,” Sanders said of moving to the defensive side. “I’ve worked on defense the last three years and it’s pretty helpful to be able to see things from the offside perspective to help my defensive guys get better. That’s a big thing for me.”
Sanders’ first official day on the job was June 8 as the Gamecocks open up summer workout.
“I’m really excited to get started,” Sanders said. “We’re going to get started on Monday and hit it hard and get this thing going.”