Colorado native Evan Sanders is returning to her home state and will serve as the second assistant coach for the University of Colorado volleyball team, head coach Jesse Mahoney announced Tuesday.

"We are very excited to welcome Evan to the Colorado volleyball staff," Mahoney said. "Our goal was to hire a coach who could mentor and train the setting position at a high level and be an outstanding role model for our student-athletes. Our players will benefit from Evan's passion, enthusiasm and her competitive spirit."

Sanders comes to Colorado after serving one season as a volunteer assistant at the University of Texas. Before her year at Texas, Sanders played professional volleyball around the world, including in France, Greece and in the Professional Volleyball League for the Florida Wave.

During her collegiate career, Sanders spent time at Colorado State and the University of Washington. She played her senior season at UW, helping the Huskies to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sanders played three seasons at CSU (2008-10) while Mahoney was an associate head coach.

In the spring of 2010, Sanders made the U.S. National A2 Team as one of four setters on the select 24-player roster. She competed on the USA Blue squad that won the gold medal at the 2010 Volleyball Open National Championships in Phoenix.

The Lafayette native graduated from Centaurus High School in 2008, where she lettered in volleyball, basketball and track. Sanders was a three-year captain and a four-year letter winner on the volleyball team.



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