John F. Sanders
Class of 1964
Hall of Honor 1991
John Sanders was a three-sport star at Grand Island Senior High, and in 1964 was named Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year.
Sanders played for five years in the minor leagues, going on to play in the majors with the Kansas City Athletics.
John graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1969, and received his master’s degree a year later. He coached at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, and Arizona Western College prior to becoming the baseball coach at the University of Nebraska in 1978.
He has coached several athletes who have gone on to play professional baseball, and several of his teams have been in post-season play. He has not forgotten his roots as he has conducted annual baseball clinics in Grand Island for many years, thus instilling the love of the game in the minds of many young area athletes.