Sanders makes strides as a coach while still pursuing his own dreams

Zach Sanders, a four-time NCAA All-American for the Gophers, and former Graduate Assistant stepped into a new role last fall as Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Gopher wrestling program. The Gophers surpassed a lot of expectations this season, qualifying nine for the NCAAs and advancing two athletes to the finals.

We caught up with Sanders to ask him what it’s been like to pursue his own goals on the mat while coaching for the Gophers. We also asked him about Ethan Lizak, an NCAA finalist for the Gophers this season at 125 pounds, and what it was like to be in his corner throughout the year.

In addition to coaching for the Gophers, Sanders is training full-time as a member of the Minnesota Storm. He plans to compete next in the U.S. Open Freestyle National Championships in Las Vegas, NV, April 27-29. Continue reading at