After one year at the helm, Chase Sanders is no longer the coach of the Canterbury boys basketball program.
The decision was addressed by the school via a letter to students from Athletic Director Ken Harkenrider and Principal Ben Ottenweller that was obtained by Outside the Huddle on Monday evening.
Sanders confirmed with Outside the Huddle that he will not be back with the Cavaliers next season.
The letter from the school reads:
Dear Canterbury Boys Basketball Community,
A quick note to inform you that the decision has been made to move in a different direction regarding the head coach position for our boys’ basketball team in 2019-2020. We sincerely thank Coach Sanders for the years of service he gave to our teams and wish him well. We will be in touch as the process of searching for our next head coach takes shape. Knowing that offseason play begins shortly we anticipate an aggressive timeline. Thank you for your patience and support as we move forward.
Sanders took over the job after Scott Kreiger’s departure following the 2017-18 season in which the Cavaliers won a sectional title and Sanders acted as an assistant. In fact, Sanders had spent five years with the program before he took over last May.
Sanders played at Homestead, graduating in 2008 before playing at Trinity Christian College.
Sanders’ Canterbury team went 6-14 this past season, stringing together no more than two wins in a row in the process. They did, however, stay mostly competitive in their losses, including just a 12-point loss to Class 1A state champion Blackhawk Christian and a five-point loss to ACAC Tournament champion Heritage.
Canterbury’s season ended with a short-handed 54-48 loss to host Eastside in the sectional opening round.
“I did everything I could to positively affect the culture not only at Canterbury but be a person that did things just and the right way for the whole Fort Wayne Basketball scene,” Sanders told Outside the Huddle.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my years as an assistant under Scott Kreiger and am thankful for the opportunity to get a chance to take the reigns off the program. I wish Canterbury the best of luck and am thankful for the families and community support over the last six seasons.”
Canterbury last had a winning record in 2015-16 with Kreiger as the coach and Sanders as an assistant. That team went 16-11 and lost to Lapel in the semistate round.
Sanders will now return to the sideline of his Class of 2021 AAU team Total Package Elite. Sanders was relegated to the stands during the first few weeks of the season due to a rule that prevents high school coaches from coaching their school players in AAU before school is out of session for the summer. TPE’s roster includes Canterbury players Will Shank and Jack Royster.
TPE will participate in the Gym Rats April Classic over the weekend of April 27-28.