Matt Sanders is in his first season on the coaching staff at UAB, coming on board last spring. Sanders will serve as the Blazers' special teams coach and assistant secondary coach.
Sanders coached three seasons at Lehigh in two separate stints before joining Garrick McGee's staff at UAB. He rejoined the Mountain Hawk football coaching staff for the 2012 season as the inside linebackers coach after two years away from the coaching profession.
He previously served as Lehigh's outside linebackers coach for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, where he mentored Matt Cohen into an All-America performer and the 2009 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. He also saw the development of outside linebackers Fred Mihal, Colin Newton and Tanner Rivas, who were all key contributors of Lehigh's back-to-back Patriot League Championship teams.
In his first stint at Lehigh, Sanders oversaw the development of First-Team All-Patriot League honoree Cohen, who led the league in both sacks and tackles-for-loss. Lehigh's starting outside linebackers (Cohen, Heath Brickner) combined for 104 total tackles, 19.5 tackles-for-loss and four interceptions in 2008, while the following year Lehigh's linebackers played a major role in the Mountain Hawks leading the nation in sacks.
Sanders came to Lehigh following a stint as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Louisville. During his time in that role Sanders was responsible for a number of duties including opponent game breakdown and scouting reports, film review with players, coaching the fullbacks on the kick-off return unit, running the scout special teams unit, and recruiting. Prior to that, Sanders was a student assistant coach with the Cardinals.
Sanders graduated from Louisville in 2006 with a degree in accounting. He then went onto earn his MBA from Louisville in 2007. While an undergrad, Sanders was a two year letterwinner on the Cardinals' football team, playing at middle linebacker and on special teams. He was a member of the 2004 Conference USA and Liberty Bowl Champions. Sanders career was cut short due to injury however, and he then assumed the role of student assistant coach in 2007.