Cross Country Coach/Assistant Coach Track and Field
Tyangela Sanders begins her first season with the UCF cross country team after being hired by head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert on July 2, 2008.
In eight years, Sanders has coached five individual national champions, six All-America athletes, 17 national finalists and 10 state champion performers. Jackie Coward, a four-time national champion who was a senior at Knoxville West this past year, is one of the notable athletes that Sanders has mentored. She also coached Thomas Oatts, a 2006 Nike All-America honoree in the hurdles, who is currently attending Georgia Tech.
Prior to joining the Knights' staff, Sanders spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach at Knoxville (Tenn.) West High School. Prior to working at the high school, Sanders served four years as the executive director and head coach of Track Knoxville from 2004-08. Sanders helped create the club level program and worked with athletes in the sprints, hurdles, and relays.
Starting in 1999, Sanders began her coaching career at her alma mater, the University of Tennessee, where she served as a recruiting assistant.
Sanders was also a standout athlete for the Volunteers. In 1999, she garnered All-American honors in the 4x400 meter relay after finishing sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She also received All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1999.