GCHS selects Shandra Sanders as volleyball coach



The Garden City High School Lady Buffs volleyball have a new coach.

USD 457 School Board members approved on Monday night the contract for Shandra Sanders to become the new coach, replacing Sara Stecki, who resigned for the second time in two seasons this spring after guiding the Lady Buffs to consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles and appearances in the Class 6A sub-state championship games.

Sanders' name should be familiar to Garden City's sports community as she is the wife of Harvey Sanders, who was recently hired to take over the Lady Broncbusters' volleyball program at Garden City Community College.

"She's got a lot of good experience," said GCHS athletic director Martin Segovia about Sanders. "We hope to get her here in a couple of weeks to meet everybody and get started on the summer practices."

Sanders' husband is a Garden City native and the two should form a formidable duo of coaching in Garden City.

Shandra played collegiate volleyball at Division I Lamar (Texas) University and she has extensive coaching experience at both the club and high school level in the Wichita area as well as more recently in the Dallas area.

"I think she's pretty much a no-nonsense type of coach who will have high expectations," Segovia said of Sanders. "I think the players will find her easy to work with, but also will be held accountable."

The GCHS volleyball position has been somewhat of a revolving door since Melissa Savolt retired in 2009 after guiding the program for more than a decade. That's something Segovia said he would like to see go away.

"It's been longer than I'd like," Segovia said about the search process. "It seems like we've not had the consistency that we know we want, and that we want for the kids and for the community. We owe it to the girls to find some consistency and put ourselves in a position to be competitive at the state level."