"Marvin Sanders has proven to be one of the best college secondary coaches in the country over the last few years," said North Carolina head coach Joh Bunting. "He comes from a great program at Nebraska and in just one year with the Huskers, he developed one of the best defensive backfields in college football. Marvin is a great motivator and someone our players will respect. I am extremely excited to have him on my staff."
Sanders will coordinate the defense along with recently-hired John Gutekunst. Gutekunst will coach Carolina's linebackers, coordinate the run defense and will call the defensive plays, while Sanders will coach the secondary and coordinate the pass defense.
"North Carolina is a program on the rise and I'm excited to have an opportunity to work with Coach Bunting, the other coaches and the players," said Sanders. "Coach Bunting has everything in place to make North Carolina one of the best football programs in the country."
At Nebraska, Sanders was instrumental in the development of 2003 Thorpe Award candidate and All-America safety Josh Bullocks. Bullocks set Nebraska and Big 12 Conference records with 10 interceptions last season, a mark which tied for first in the country.
Sanders, 36, became a member of the Nebraska coaching staff last season after serving two years as the secondary coach at Colorado State (2001-02) under Sonny Lubick. Colorado State posted a 17-9 record during Sanders' two seasons in Fort Collins. The Rams posted a 10-4 record and won the Mountain West Conference championship in 2002.
Before his two seasons at CSU, Sanders spend one season at New Mexico State, where he coached defensive ends and outside linebackers. Sanders spent five seasons at Nebraska-Omaha from 1995 to 1999. He was the Mavericks' secondary coach for all five seasons and was the team's defensive coordinator for his final three years in Omaha. UNO won two North Central Conference titles and appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs twice during Sanders' tenure.
A native of Markham, Ill., Sanders was the secondary coach at Minnesota-Morris in 1994. He also served as sports information director at Minnesota-Morris. Sanders coached at Nebraska Wesleyan in 1992 and 1993. Sanders has 12 years of experience as a college coach.
Sanders earned three letters at Nebraska from 1987 to 1989. He started the first seven games of his senior season at free safety, before suffering a shoulder injury. Sanders finished the 1989 campaign with 26 tackles and two interceptions in nine games and earned honorable-mention All-Big Eight honors.
Sanders received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1990. He is married to the former Susan M. Hyland of Omaha, Neb. They have a daughter, Chandler Marie (11) and a son, Payton (7).
THE SANDERS FILE
Born: October 2, 1967
Education: University of Nebraska, 1990
Playing Experience: Defensive back at Nebraska, 1985-89
Previous Coaching Experience: Nebraska Wesleyan (1992-93); Minnesota-Morris (1994), Nebraska-Omaha (1995-99), New Mexico State (2000), Colorado State (2001-02), Nebraska (2003)