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Christa Sanford
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: Idaho State
Graduating Year: 2004
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: (208) 885-4696
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The 2014-15 season is Christa Sanford’s seventh at Idaho and first as associate head coach. Overall this season marks her ninth 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 focuses on coaching the guards, with other duties including overseeing team academics, recruiting, community service, equipment, and summer camps.

Sanford was a two-year starter for ISU at guard. She helped the Bengals earn the team's first Women's National Invitational Tournament bid in 2004 and led the team to back-to-back Big Sky Tournament semifinal appearances. She earned a pair of Big Sky All-Academic awards during her career as well. She ranks fifth all-time at ISU in 3-pointers made (84) and in 3-point field goal percentage (36.5). She also played at Hawai'i for two seasons.

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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