Bobby Sanders named head football coach at Northshore

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Bobby Sanders was an assistant on Rummel’s Division I state champion in 2019 before going to Northshore prior to the 2020 season.

His time has finally come.

Northshore has promoted offensive coordinator Bobby Sanders to head coach, replacing Josh Buelle, who stepped down after two years on the job.

Sanders played tight end at Archbishop Rummel, graduating in 1997 and graduated from Holy Cross College with a degree in marketing.

Sanders started his coaching career at Rummel in 1999 and joined the varsity staff in 2005, staying at his alma mater through 2009, when the Raiders reached the 5A state title game. Sanders then went to Lakeshore as an assistant, where he was from 2010-14.

Sanders then went to work at De La Salle in 2015 before returning to Rummel in 2016, where he stayed for four seasons. In his final year at his alma mater, Sanders was part of an unbeaten state championship coaching staff as the Raiders claimed the Division I state title.

Sanders accepted the job as offensive coordinator at Northshore in 2020 under Buelle. That changed Wednesday morning.

“Our principal, Bill Gallagher came into my classroom to tell me the good news this morning,” Sanders said. “I’m in the middle of teaching Career Readiness when he came in. It was special. I teach four classes in all. Bill came in to tell the players about the ills of using social media.”

After spending 22 years as an assistant, Sanders is ready for his first head coaching challenge.

“It was a long, long wait, but it was worth it,” Sanders said. “I’m very excited about it. I love the school. I’m looking forward to trying to turn this around. It’s been a while since we’ve won here. We have some players in spots but we have to learn how to win. Success breeds success.”

The Panthers were 2-6 this past season after going 0-10 in 2019.

“Josh (Buelle) was the reason I came here,” Sanders said. “He was doing really, really good things here. He is a good man and coach. We have two coaching spots to fill and want to add as many coaches as possible.”

Northshore last made the playoffs in 2017, falling in the opening round in Class 5A to St. Amant. Prior to that, the last playoff appearance was in 2008.

Sanders is hitting the ground running.

“I am itching to get going,” Sanders said. “We were pretty young last year. Most of our key players returning. We lost two quarterbacks and two linemen but have our other linemen back and all of our receivers. We have a lot of guys with playing experience returning on defense. We played three freshmen last year. It is a good core group.”

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