Doug Sanders joined the Central Michigan baseball coaching staff in July 2013, and is responsible for hitting instruction, infield defense, and base running. He also assists in recruiting, travel planning, and preparing scouting reports.
Sanders helped groom Zach McKinstry, who ranked fifth in the Mid-American Conference with 79 hits along with Alex Borglin, who ranked 10th in the league with 72 hits and second in the conference with five triples. Another Chippewa hitter, Daniel Jipping, was among the top 10 in the conference with 16 doubles and 42 RBI.
In 2015, the Chippewas won the MAC regular-season title and ranked first in the league in hitting with a .285 team batting average and first in defense with a .970 fielding percentage.
Infielder Pat McKenzie was drafted in 28th round by the Detroit Tigers, while McKinstry and Jipping were named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans.
Sanders spent three seasons at his alma mater, Kent State, as a volunteer assistant coach on the staff of coach Scott Stricklin. He was part of Kent State's incredible 2012 run to the College World Series. Sanders was responsible for defensive instruction, which contributed to a Golden Flashes’ defense that ranked 29th in the country in 2010 and eighth in 2011.
In 2013, Sanders served as a full-time assistant coach at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.
Sanders was a standout infielder at Kent State and led the Golden Flashes in hitting as a senior in 2008 and earned a spot on the MAC All-Tournament Team. Prior to Kent State, Sanders was a Junior College All-American at Elgin (Ill.) Community College where he set program records for hits in a season and triples in a career.
Sanders was an all-state selection in both baseball and football as a senior at St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin, Ill., and is a member of that school's hall of fame as well as the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame.
He played five years of Independent League Professional Baseball in the Golden and Frontier leagues. As a second baseman, he had a .978 career fielding percentage and was a Frontier League all-star in 2010.
Sanders has played and/or coached on several championship baseball teams at the junior college, NCAA Division I, and professional levels.
Sanders and his wife Alexandria reside in Mount Pleasant.