Marci Sanders, Head Coach
Marci Sanders launched the University of Texas Dallas inaugural volleyball program in 2004 and has since helped steer UT Dallas toward exponential success. In seven years, Sanders' teams have yielded seven American Southwest Conference Tournament berths, five East Division titles and two outright ASC championships -- not to mention a pair of NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.
Under her leadership, the Comets have posted five straight 20-win seasons and, in 2009, earned national attention by finishing the regular season as the country's only undefeated Division III program, boasting a 25-0 record. Her teams have captured two of the past three ASC Tournament crowns while maintaining an AVCA national ranking during the majority of that span. In her seven seasons at the helm of the Comets, Sanders boasts an impressive 148-66 overall record and a 98-23 mark against ASC opponents.
Sanders has been named ASC East Division Coach of the Year five consecutive years. She earned the honor for the first time in 2006 after the Comets posted its first 20-win season, won an ASC East Division co-championship and advanced all the way to the ASC championship game. In 2007, the Comets won the outright East Division title (with a 15-2 conference record) and hosted the 2007 ASC Championship Tournament, falling in the semifinals. The 2008 Comets got hot late in the season to again share the East title, finishing 24-8 and winning their first championship. Last season, Sanders' squad again won the ASC East, posting a 24-6 overall record and going 16-1 in ASC play.
A record-setting outside hitter as a player at Angelo State University in 1997-1998, Sanders served four years as an assistant coach at ASU prior to becoming UTD's head coach. She was a three-time all-district player at Palo Duro High School (Amarillo, TX) and began her collegiate career at the College of the Southwest in New Mexico, where she was a team MVP after two seasons. After moving to ASU, she set several ASU, Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II records, and was voted to the GTE Academic All-America Team.
Sanders was a summa cum laude graduate at ASU in 1999 with a kinesiology degree, then earned a master's degree and taught on the ASU faculty. In addition to her coaching duties at ASU, Sanders works with various volleyball camps and with local club teams. She is USA IMPACT, CAP I & CAP II certified. She graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2006.