Part of his pedigree, basketball is in Barry Sanderson's blood. From a basketball family, Sanderson's father Wimp and brothers Scott and Jim all belong to the coaching fraternity.
Barry Sanderson is in his sixth season at South Carolina and his seventh year alongside Gamecock Coach Dave Odom. Sanderson is responsible for scouting, recruiting and working with perimeter players in practice. He is also the Director of the Team Camp in the summer.
He is the son of legendary coach Wimp Sanderson and the younger brother of Scott, who played for coach Bill Foster at USC from 1981-84. Scott is the head coach of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. and the Bisons' are on USC's schedule in 2006.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Alabama, Sanderson has been a part of winning and successful teams everywhere he has coached. Prior to his stint at Wake Forest, Sanderson was a top assistant at Lipscomb, where he helped that squad produce a 34-4 record and a No. 2 national ranking in 1999-2000.
Prior to his one-year stint on the NAIA level, Sanderson helped build three different Division I programs.
During the 1998-99 season, Sanderson worked in the state of North Carolina as an assistant coach at East Carolina. As part of one of the nation's youngest coaching staffs (head coach Joe Dooley -- a former South Carolina assistant coach -- was 33 at the time), the Pirates produced a winning record and posted non-conference wins over the Gamecocks and Evansville.
From 1992 through the 1998 season, he served in a variety of positions for six seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock, where he worked as a successful recruiter and helped coach players such as NBA first-round draft pick Derek Fisher. During his stay at UALR, the Trojans captured the Sun Belt Conference regular-season title (1995-96), posting a 23-7 record with an NIT berth that same season. For four of his six seasons in Little Rock, he worked under his father, head coach Wimp Sanderson, who served 38 years as a college coach.
Sanderson's career began as a student assistant coach at Alabama, where he worked all four seasons as an undergraduate.
After earning his bachelor's degree at Alabama in 1990, he worked at Texas A&M during the 1990-91 season as a graduate assistant coach. The next season, he worked in the same capacity at Georgia (1991-92).
Sanderson, 39, and his wife, Kristie, have three children: Caroline (12), Blake (10) and Robert Jackson (Jack), born Oct. 17, 2005.
BARRY SANDERSON QUICK FACTS
Given Name: Barry Eugene Sanderson
Born: September 15, 1967 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
High School Education: Tuscaloosa Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
College Education: Bachelor's degree from Alabama in 1990
Coaching Career: Student Assistant Coach at Alabama, 1987-90; Graduate Assistant Coach at Texas A&M, 1991; Graduate Assistant Coach at Georgia, 1992; Assistant Coach at Arkansas-Little Rock, 1993-98; Assistant Coach at East Carolina, 1999; Assistant Coach at Lipscomb, 2000; Assistant Coach at Wake Forest, 2001; Assistant Coach at South Carolina, 2001-present
Children: Caroline (12), Blake (10), Jack (1)
Learn A Little More About COACH SANDERSON
Favorite event/sport in the Olympics: Boxing
The best basketball player I've ever coached: Derek Fisher
The best basketball player I've ever played against: Latrell Sprewell
The best advice I have ever been given: Treat people like you want to be treated
Growing up, I had these posters on my wall: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson
If I had to cook all my own food, I would live on: Red Meat
What impressed you most about Dave Odom: He stays on an even keel
If I could change one thing about college basketball, I would: Not allow any team practice or play from Dec. 23-26
Favorite soda and favorite food: Diet Coke and Chicken Wings
I would like to have witnessed this sporting event in person: Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson
Prized possession: My grandmother's gold pillow
Team I'd like to add to our schedule: LA Lakers
If USC could play in any arena, I would like to see them play in: The Staples Center
Who will have a big year this year: Brandon Wallace