Mike Sanders Joins Bucks Coaching Staff

JUNE 7, 2005 - The Milwaukee Bucks signed Mike Sanders to a two-year contract as an assistant coach, General Manager Larry Harris announced today. Sanders joins the Bucks coaching staff after a four-year stint as Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Asheville Altitude of the NBDL, following a successful 11-year NBA playing career.

“Mike has a great deal of basketball knowledge from his experiences as both a player and a coach,” said Head Coach Terry Porter. “I competed against Mike for many years and he was always known as a solid, hard-working, intelligent basketball player. I’m confident he’ll bring those same qualities to our staff.”

Sanders, 45, was an assistant coach and director of player personnel for the Ashville Altitude of the NBDL for the past four years. The Altitude were crowned NBDL Champions in each of the past two seasons.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work with Terry Porter and the Bucks organization,” said Sanders. “I’ve worked on many levels in basketball, from the NBA to the IBA, and look forward to bringing those experiences with me to Milwaukee.”

Beginning in 1982, Sanders enjoyed a successful 11-year NBA playing career with San Antonio, Phoenix, Cleveland and Indiana. He averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 648 career games.

Sanders entered the coaching ranks in 1998 as an assistant coach with the Wisconsin Blast of the International Basketball Association. He has also served as head coach with the Black Hills Gold (1999-2000) and Washington Congressionals (2000) of the IBA, as well as head coach of the Adirondack Wildcats (2002-04) of the United States Basketball League. Sanders spent the 2000-2001 season as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons.