Coach Saunders Is in His 7th Fall Season With StickStar Travel Teams
Fall 2016-Present: Southlake Carroll-High School Assistant Coach
May 2014-Fall 2016: Texas State University-Head Coach
Fall 2012-May 2014: Lake Travis- High School Assistant & Youth Program Director
May 2010-Fall 2012: Westlake- Middle School Player Development Coach
Fall 2008-May 2010: Texas State University- Offensive Coordinator & Associate Head Coach
Coach K has been a consistent and solid fixture on StickStar sidelines since the inception of Texas United. In the Fall of 2010, he traveled with the first-ever, Texas United squad to Denver, Colorado, where the team took part in the Denver Fall Team Camp. Since then, he has been an integral part of the growth and development of StickStar's travel teams and instructional methodology. Most recently, a Dallas Select team under his guidance won the UNC Team Camp Tournament for the 4th summer in a row.
1. What is your greatest thrill as a coach?
There are honestly so many, that this is a tough one to answer. I have to say though, that beating The University of Texas in 2015 in the Lone Star Alliance Championship game takes the cake. That group of players will always have a special place in my heart.
2. What is your greatest thrill as a player?
Every time I stepped on the field as a player was a complete thrill. I have to say that my time playing at Texas State was my biggest thrill. We had some great players on those teams, we were all really close off the field, and we loved to compete with each other.
3.What's your favorite piece of StickStar Apparel?
I think there's 1 person in this world with more StickStar Apparel than me. I'd have to say that my go to piece is the Year 5 Texas United shorts. It's tough to beat Chocolate and Carolina Blue microsuede shorts with a very strong Roman Numeral V in tackle twill.
4. Why do you enjoy coaching with StickStar?
For me, coaching with StickStar has brought countless amazing people into my life and lasting relationships that I'd otherwise not have. There's something about the StickStar Program that attracts genuine people. From the coaching staff, to the players, and the parents; the people are amazing.
From a coaching standpoint, I enjoy having a hand in the creative process that is our system of development and execution. It's a group of people that are not afraid to push the limits in terms of player development and execution of schemes. The field is our lab and the results of the experiment have been astounding.
5. What's your favorite color?
I'm a big fan of the color Blue. Pretty much all shades, but somewhere between Navy and Grey is the sweet spot for me.
6. What's your favorite cartoon?
As a child "Tom and Jerry", "Tail Spin", and "The Flintstones" were always my go to's. Now, I really enjoy "F is For Family" and "Family Guy."