|Newlee Names Sanford Associate HC|
“It was an easy decision for me to promote Christa to the title of associate head coach,” Newlee stated. “It is well deserved, a testament to her hard work, years of loyalty and the tremendous passion and commitment she brings to our Vandal program each and every day. This program would not be at the championship level it is without her.”
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 has broken 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 enters her ninth season on the bench, following a four-year playing career at Hawai’i and Idaho State. While at Idaho State, 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). Sanford joined the coaching staff at ISU as graduate assistant in the 2005-06 season, before becoming a full-time assistant from 2006-08.
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.