After spending one season in charge of Field boys basketball, coach Dominique Sanders has decided to move closer to his home.
Sanders was hired as Nordonia’s head boys basketball coach by the Nordonia Board of Education Monday, as his contract was approved with a 5-0 vote. Sanders’ supplemental contract will pay him $7,332.30 for the 2019-20 school year.
A 2008 graduate of Twinsburg High School, Sanders will continue to teach physical education in the Twinsburg City School district next year.
Nordonia athletic director Rob Eckenrode said Sanders was chosen over a field of over 50 applicants for the job. Eckenrode said both he and Nordonia superintendent Dr. Joe Clark loved two of Sanders’ traits immediately.
"His energy and his enthusiasm, He impressed everyone throughout the interview process," Eckenrode said. "He had a plan that he wanted to implement, starting with the youth program all the way up to the high school. Based on the initial results, I’m excited.
Eckenrode noted Sanders was introduced at open gym session Wednesday at Nordonia, which was attended by more the 60 players.
Sanders joins the Knights after spending one season as the head coach at Field. In his first year with the Falcons, Sanders led Field to a 4-17 record.
"We lost nine games by seven points or less, including three buzzer-beaters," Sanders said. "We had a rough, rough season."
Sanders said he planned to stay in Brimfield, but multiple people contacted him about applying for the Nordonia job.
"I wasn’t looking to get out of Field," Sanders said. "It was a community that I had learned to love. [Nordonia] was a great opportunity for me and one I couldn’t pass up."
Sanders played under Nordonia junior varsity assistant Don Springer during his time at Twinsburg and also had relationship with Nordonia JV coach Dave Smith. Sanders plans to have Springer, Smith and Don Jones — another former Twinsburg coach and Sanders’ JV coach at Field last winter — join the staff at Nordonia.
"That’s a lot of experience with that group," Sanders said.
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