Player Bio: Trent Sanderson :: Women's Cross Country

  Trent Sanderson
Trent Sanderson
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Head coach Trent Sanderson is entering his third season with the University of Maryland men’s and women’s cross country teams, after taking the reigns of the program following the retirement of 13-year coach Dan Rincon. Upon Sanderson’s hiring, former head track and field coach Bill Goodman commented that, “Trent is energetic, smart and well connected, and he has been in the ACC and knows what it takes to run at this very high level [of competition].”

Sanderson brings more than a decade of distance running and six years of coaching experience to the Terrapins' cross country program. In 1995, Sanderson earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of New Orleans. While at New Orleans, Sanderson participated on both the cross country and track teams, and also posted the second-fastest 10,000-meter time in the state of Louisiana and merited All-Sun Belt honors in 1994.

From 1997 to 2000, Sanderson served as the head cross country coach at Colorado Rocky Mountain High School and middle and long distance coach at Glenwood Springs High. At Glenwood Springs, Sanderson coached the team to the state regional championships. While coaching at the high school level, Sanderson helped develop one national record-holder, two national champions, four national titles, five regional records, nine prep All-Americans and numerous student-athletes that have gone on to the junior national cross country team. While working in Colorado Springs he also conceived Team Elite USA, a national non-profit program dedicated to the mentoring and development of amateur athletes. Sanderson trained future and current Olympians during stays at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

In 1999, Sanderson trained half of the junior national cross country team that competed in the World Championships in Belfest, Ireland. Additionally, he has spoken at programs on mental development at high school coaches’ clinics throughout the country. This summer, Sanderson continued his elite cross country camp in Colorado.

“This allows some sort of another home base out in Colorado for Maryland distance running,” said Sanderson.

Most recently, Sanderson worked with the track and field program at Florida State University. One of the athletes Sanderson coached at Florida State went on to finish third at the 2001 national indoor meet in the 800 meters and set a national record in the 400 meters for Zimbabwe.

Sanderson is optimistic about the potential progress of the Maryland cross country program.

“I chose The University of Maryland because of its potential to expand. The academics are on an elite level as well as the facilities, fan support and academic support,” said Sanderson. “Being that I have only been accustomed to this level, it seems inevitable that cross country will also reach that level.”

Recruiting is a key area that Sanderson believes the program can improve in. Distance running is very competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), making top recruitment key to conference and national success.

“This year will be my first [full] year, and with a great recruiting class we will be off and running, moving closer to the ACC title,” said Sanderson.

Improvement is already apparent in both the men’s and women’s teams, with numerous runners lowering times from the 2000 season. “The athletes have surpassed their top times from last season,” said Sanderson. “Each athlete has improved every meet. Additionally, they have adjusted to a very tough regiment and a different philosophy.”