Sanderson's Talks About His New Position

"I'm a Cyclone and I have been a Cyclone since the day my oldest brother signed a letter of intent with Iowa State, and I'm looking forward to being a Cyclone for the rest of my life." - That's what new Iowa State wrestling coach had to say this afternoon. Read his other thoughts here at CN.

Sanderson on entertaining the possibility of coaching at another school…

 

"I'm a Cyclone and I have been a Cyclone since the day my oldest brother signed a letter of intent with Iowa State, and I'm looking forward to being a Cyclone for the rest of my life."

 

On the staff that he will gather to work under him…

 

"I haven't named anybody but I will be naming them when the time is right….My priority right now is to get some of the best assistant coaches in the country in here."

 

Sanderson on his brother joining the staff…

 

"I would love for him (Cody) to be an assistant but that would be a tough move for him." Cody Sanderson is currently the head wrestling coach at Utah Valley State. 

 

Sanderson commenting about his qualifications as a head coach…

 

"I have been around wrestling my whole life and I have been around some great coaches. My father is a great high school coach, one of the best in the nation and Coach Douglas. I have been here for eight years under Coach Douglas, I've been learning every day from him and I think I'm ready."

 

Sanderson on the difficulty of seeing a legend step down from his position…

 

"It's just tough. It's tough for him to switch over and it's tough for me to see him switch over. It's going to be a great situation."

 

On the current wrestlers and the new coaching transition…

 

"It's tough. You know Coach Douglas, you love Coach Douglas. These guys, they love Coach Douglas. They're happy that they know he's going to be around. He's going to be in there every chance they want. He told them that they (the wrestlers) will be seeing more of me (Douglas) than they did before because now I (Douglas) don't have all these different responsibilities."

 

Sanderson on his greatest qualities as a coach and what he needs to work on…

 

"I think I understand the sport. I know what it is going to take to take this program where we want to go……The whole picture is what excites me. The business side. Getting the alumni back supporting the program and developing the Cyclone wrestling club to where we are a national power in international wrestling."

 

"We just have to keep bringing in the best recruits and we are going to have the best coaching staff in the country. There is not a better place in the country to wrestle."

 

Sanderson on his first vision as a head coach...

 

"Throughout my college career, that's when I decided I wanted to be a head coach. I love wrestling and I love everything about the idea of building a program and working on the tradition here. To get this (program) where everyone expects it to be.

 

On the high expectations…

 

"I know the expectations are high and that's what I love about Iowa State. We expect to win, the alumni expect us to win, the wrestling world expects us to win and our wrestlers expect to win. It's a great situation."  

 

On coaching his younger brother, Cyler…

 

"It's just nice having him around. His memories of me are just picking on him all the time. He was a little guy and I thought he was just a spoiled little kid and he thought I was just a big bully."

 

"We have a real good relationship now and I just love having him in Ames. I just love being around him. I know he's going to fight and that's all we want out of our wrestlers, we want their best effort and that's the standard we're going to set."

 

His comparison of being a wrestler and now a coach…

 

"It's completely different…Everybody is coming from a different background, everybody has been programmed in a different way and you have got to figure out how to get everyone of them to reach their potential and that's the challenge……..That's something I'm looking forward to."

 

Sanderson on being in the spotlight now…

 

"I wasn't ready for this press conference. I knew it was going to be hard. Just seeing Coach (Douglas), I knew I was going to break down. Just thinking about him, it's hard. But I'm ready for this position and I'm going to expect a lot of help from Coach and he has promised me that. That was one of the requirements of me agreeing to this and I'm going to hold him to that."

 

On Dan Gable's example of a coach…

 

He set the standard for coaching. He set the standard for coaching in all of sports, not only college wrestling. So yeah, you have got to take note and try and figure out what the people that have had success are doing."

 

On advice that he might take from Gable…

 

"We don't talk much. He's a Hawkeye, not a Cyclone. We don't exchange words other than I respect him, he's a great figure in the wrestling community, but he's also our competition."

 

Sanderson on his excitement about his new position as head coach…

 

"I'm excited about the challenge and the responsibility that I have now. I've been looking forward to it."

 

 

 

 


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