Cole Sanderson joined the Northwood baseball coaching staff in the fall of 2020. Sanderson works as the primary pitching coach while also assisting in recruiting and player development. After spending the 2021 season as a graduate assistant, Sanderson was promoted to a full-time position for the 2022 campaign.
Picked to finish sixth in the GLIAC Preseason poll, Northwood went 29-17 overall, 18-10 in the GLIAC in 2021. NU finished one game out of first in the conference standings and reached the semifinals of the Midwest Regionals. The team set a school record with 60 home runs while finishing the season with the fourth-highest win percentage all-time at Northwood.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Northwood, Sanderson spent two summers in the Northwoods League as the pitching coach for the Traverse City Pit Spitters. In his first season with the Pit Spitters, the pitching staff led the league in ERA and set the league record for shutouts in a season. The Pit Spitters won the Northwoods League championship in their inaugural season (2019), due in large part to the performance of their pitching staff.
During the 2019-2020 season, Sanderson spent time at Murray State College in Oklahoma, serving as the team pitching coach. While at MSC, he also ran the team strength & conditioning program, and assisted in the recruitment of players.
Sanderson spent his first two collegiate years playing for Kellogg Community College. During his sophomore season, Sanderson helped lead KCC to the regular season conference championship, along with the state championship.
Following his playing days at Kellogg, Sanderson moved on to Davenport University to finish his playing career. Following his junior season, he was named team captain for his senior year.
Originally from Macomb, Mich., Sanderson graduated from Dakota High School in 2015 where he played both football and baseball, earning academic and athletic recognition in both varsity sports. As a senior, he was named the baseball program’s first ever team captain.
Sanderson graduated from Davenport in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He is currently working on earning his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood.