Jim Sanderson is entering the 20th year of his second term as the Eagles' head basketball coach. It will be his 24th season overall at Faulkner, having served as the head basketball coach from 1985-1989 as well. Under Sanderson's watch the Faulkner program has flourished and is considered one of the nation's elite at the NAIA level.
Last season Sanderson guided the Eagles to a 29-6 overall record and a No. 14 ranking in the final NAIA poll. Faulkner won the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA tournament, resulting in Sanderson being named a finalist for NAIA coach of the year honors.
Having posted a 464-283 career record heading into the 2013-2014 season, Sanderson has established himself as one of the premier coaches in the NAIA. His 2000-2001 program won the NAIA national championship, Faulkner's first in any sport. He was named the NAIA national coach of the year and the GACC male coach of the year following the championship run.
In 1998 he was selected the NAIA South Region Coach of the Year and in 1999 he was chosen the National Christian College Athletic Association's National Coach of the Year. The GACC named him the Male Coach of the Year for the 2001-2002 athletic year.
Prior to his second tenure at Faulkner, the Eagles had made only one appearance in the NAIA national tournament. The Eagles have now made nine visits to the prestigious event.
Sanderson, the son of former University of Alabama head basketball coach Wimp Sanderson, played collegiate basketball at Brewer State Community College before earning his degree from Alabama in 1982. He is married to the former Jill Canterberry and they have two children – Katie, age 28 and Kyle, age 21. Sanderson and his family are active members of the Landmark Church of Christ where he was ordained an elder in November of 2011 after serving as a deacon for many years.
Jeremy Monceaux enters his third season as the Eagles' assistant coach. He came to Faulkner University after two seasons at Campbellsville University in Kentucky. During his first season with the Tigers in 2009-10, Monceaux helped guide the Tigers to their first Mid-South Conference regular season title and an NAIA Tournament appearance in 2009-10. The Tigers finished with a Top 10 ranking in the NAIA.
At Faulkner, Monceaux's primary responsibilities will involve recruiting, the scouting of opponents and on-court coaching, specifically working with the Eagles' backcourt.
Prior to moving to Kentucky, Monceaux served the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Shelton State Bucs completed a 32-4 season by winning the Alabama Community College Conference Regular Season Championship and Region XXII Tournament Championship en route to a Top 10 national ranking and trip to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.
Monceaux, a native of Birmingham, Ala., graduated in 2002 from Parkway Christian Academy, a Class 1A school. While at Parkway Christian, Monceaux set, and still holds, many records for boys' basketball in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), including single-season points (1,333), career points (4,555), single-season field goals made (458) and single-season free throws made (427). During his career, he became only the third Alabama high school player to ever collect 1,000-plus assists with 1,035. He also holds the record for the most 50-point games (20) and is the only player in AHSAA history to average 36-plus points per game in three straight years, doing so from 1998-2001 (40.4, 40.4, 36.8).
After his days at Parkway Christian, Monceaux played collegiate basketball at NCAA Division I Liberty University of the Big South Conference. He was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team in 2002-03 and was part of the 2003-04 Big South championship team which received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. His career was cut short due to injury. He returned to his home state and earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Alabama in 2008.
He and his wife Madeline, a nurse at Baptist Medical Center East, reside in Montgomery.