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Jim Sanderson begins his second season as head coach of the Lion basketball program after spending 24 years as the head basketball coach at Faulkner (Ala.) University where he led his team to a NAIA National Championship in 2001.

In his first season with the Lions, Sanderson led his team to a 19-12 record, including signature wins over Park University, who was ranked 12th in the nation.

Prior to his arrival at Freed-Hardeman, Sanderson posted a record of 481-296 at Faulkner University, good enough to rank him among the top 10 most-winning coaches in NAIA basketball history. He capped off his career at Faulkner University in 2013 with a NAIA National Tournament appearance after leading his team to a 29-6 record.

Throughout his time with the Eagles, he led his teams to six conference tournament championships and received Coach of the Year honors on five occasions, including National Coach of the Year honors in 1999 after leading his team to a 30-6 record.

Prior to his coaching career, Sanderson attended the University of Alabama, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 1982.

Sanderson's wife, Jill, whom he describes as the best coach's wife around, has taught elementary art for 14 years. He also has a daughter, Katie, who is employed as a Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery, Ala. and a son named Kyle who graduated from Faulkner University with a degree in Sports Management.

2017-18 Men's Basketball Roster
Roster for 2017-18 Men's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
0Kortland MartinFRG5-10 Humboldt, Tenn.Humboldt HS
2Latrell PoitierJRG5-10 Freeport, BahamasSt. Petersburg College
3Charles BoyleFRG6-0 Middleton, Tenn.Rossville Christian Academy
4Jahmeel WattsJRF6-5 Hudson, NCCaldwell CC
5Tim AfeluyiFRC6-8 NigeriaWest Oaks Academy
10Shamir RolleJRC6-6 Nassau, BahamasRoane State CC
11John MusselwhiteFRG6-4 New Market, Ala.University of North Alabama
12James DavisJRG6-3 Mobile, Ala.University of Mobile
13Jalen ThompsonSRG6-0 Memphis, Tenn.Salem International University
15Jacob DeLauriFRG6-1 Austin, TexasRouse HS
22Tyler JohnsonFRF6-4 Grand Rapids, Mich.Kenowa Hills HS
23Marcus BaldwinSRG6-1 Birmingham, Ala.Iowa Central CC
24Simon FransisSOG6-7 Stockholm, SwedenDe Anza College
32Grant BurnsFRG6-2 Henderson, Tenn.Chester County HS
33Jonathan LeachFRC6-8 Houston, TexasTexas Christian
35Ehab EltayebJRC6-8 Khartoum, SudanSouth Suburban College
40Daniel MeisFRG6-5 Memphis, Tenn.Home School
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Head Coach
2nd season
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Assistant Coach
1st season