Michael McCammon

Sanford's father and a former WKU player among the hirings

New WKU head coach Mike Sanford announced his first staff hires on Wednesday

Now that the latest trophies have been added to the Western Kentucky display cases, new Hilltopper head coach Mike Sanford, Jr., is focused on creating his first group of assistants.

The first-year head coach announced his first hires on Wednesday in his father Mike Sanford, Sr., Steve Spurrier, Jr., and Jami DeBerry.

The elder Sanford, who will be the Special Teams Coordinator and running backs coach, jumped at the opportunity to coach with his son, leaving the position of Indiana State head coach where he spent the past four season. 

Spurrier, Jr., was named assistant head coach and will mentor the WKU quarterbacks, arrives following a season at Oklahoma and 11 years working under his father at South Carolina.

DeBerry arrives on The Hill after four seasons working for Sanford, Sr., at Indiana State.  A former Hilltopper linebacker who played on the 2002 National Championship squad, will oversee the safeties and serve as the program's recruiting coordinator.

“I am thrilled to be able to add not only three outstanding football coaches but exceptional motivators and mentors to our coaching staff,” Sanford said. “All three coaches come from winning pedigrees and understand what is required to achieve success at the highest levels with backgrounds as national champions and consistent bowl contenders. They will also be great representatives of WKU in the community and on the recruiting trail.”


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