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Christa Sanford
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Idaho State
Graduating Year: 2004
Experience: 5 Years
Phone: (208) 885-4696
Email: csanford@uidaho.edu
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The 2015-16 season is Christa Sanford’s eighth at Idaho and second as associate head coach. Overall this season marks her 10th year in the college coaching ranks. Sanford followed head coach Jon Newlee to Idaho in 2008 after a five-year stay at Idaho State. Sanford was an assistant for the Bengals from 2006-08, a graduate assistant from 2005-06 and a player from 2003-05.
Sanford helps with the day-to-day coaching of the Idaho guards. She has helped develop the skills of the guards Stacey Barr, Christina Salvatore and Connie Ballestero. Barr was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in 2014. Salvatore broke Idaho’s single season three-point record in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Ballestero led the WAC in 2014 with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.5.
Off the court, Sanford monitors the team academics and community service, organizes the program’s summer camps and helps run scout on opponents. Sanford has been heavily involved in the team’s recruiting since landing at Idaho in 2008. Her new roles will include coordinating recruiting while continuing to work with the guards and run scout.
Sanford already had a history on the Palouse before she arrived as a coach. She put together an impressive prep career at Pullman High, where she was a Washington 2A Player of the Year and a USA Today High School All-American basketball player for the Greyhounds.
Sanford graduated from Idaho State in 2004 with a degree in communications. She earned her master’s degree in 2006 in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration. Formerly Christa Brossman, she and her husband Tom Sanford were married in May 2008. The couple have a daughter Adelynn Madora, born in February, 2011, and a son Jack, born in July, 2012.
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