Sanders joins WKU softball coaching staff as assistant coach

The Lady Toppers cheer as outfielder Kelsey McGuffin (15) reaches home plate after hitting a two-run homer during the Lady Topper’s 5-0 win over Austin Peay in the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at the WKU softball field. Mike Clark/HERALD

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WKU softball Head Coach Amy Tudor announced Thursday afternoon the hiring of Jon Sanders as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.

Sanders joins the team after former assistant coaches K.C. Boldt and Aja Paculba recently left the team along with several players.

Most recently, Sanders served as a volunteer assistant coach at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, for the 2015-16 season where he helped develop two NFCA All-Region players, three MAC All-Conference honorees and one MAC All-Freshman selection.

During his time with the Cardinals, the team produced a .310 batting average and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on the year.

“I am extremely excited to announce the addition of Jon Sanders to my staff,” Tudor said through a press release. “Jon’s coaching experience and success at several different levels will provide a great asset to the program and I look forward to working with him as his expertise and knowledge will further enhance WKU softball.”

Sanders comes to the Hill having served assistant and head coaching tenures on the collegiate, high school and club levels where he has amassed a career head coaching record of 210-105.

In 2013, Sanders served as an assistant coach at Division III member Transylvania State University in Lexington where he helped develop All-American third baseman Megan Mitchell.

Prior to his time in Lexington, Sanders served as head coach for Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, for the 2012 season where he helped Mary Ann Warford become just the second National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American in program history.

A native of Muncie, Indiana, Sanders graduated from Anderson University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in history education.