Everette Sands begins his fourth season with the Gamecocks. He was named running backs coach at South Carolina on January 16, 2012.
In 2014, a pair of juniors in Mike Davis (982) and Brandon Wilds (570) each rushed for over 500 yards and combined for 13 rushing touchdowns. Davis fell just 18 yards shy of joining Gamecock legend George Rogers as the only backs in school history to rush for multiple 1,000-yard seasons.
During the 2013 season, Sands was able to find a capable replacement for Marcus Lattimore, one of Carolina’s all-time greats. Sophomore Mike Davis stepped into the role as the team’s top running back and produced a 1,000-yard rushing season, just the 10th in school history. He finished with 1,183 yards, the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history. As a team, Carolina was sixth in the SEC in rushing yards per game at 198.5, with 27 rushing TDs. Davis was recognized by both the Associated Press and the league’s 14 coaches as a second-team All-SEC honoree.
In Sands’ first season, the Gamecocks rushed for 19 touchdowns and averaged 139 yards on the ground. Carolina lost its top ground-gainer, Marcus Lattimore, to a season-ending knee injury in the ninth game of the season against Tennessee, but senior Kenny Miles and freshman Mike Davis stepped in to pick up the slack in fine fashion.
Sands came to South Carolina after spending the 2011 campaign coaching the running backs at NC State, his 16th year in the profession. In his lone season with the Wolfpack, his backs logged four individual 100+ yard performances for the first time since 2007.
Sands is very familiar with the Palmetto State, having logged two stints at The Citadel, first from 1999-2000 and again from 2005-10. During his second stint at the Charleston school, he coached three running backs who were named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team and had one back break the school’s single-season and single-game records for touchdowns. Between his stints at The Citadel, Sands coached the offensive backs at Ohio University.
Born July 28, 1971 in Conway, S.C., Sands earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The Citadel in 1993. He earned four letters as a running back for the Bulldogs, collecting All-Southern Conference honors in all four years. He ranks second all-time in school history with 3,926 rushing yards and with 204 points and 34 touchdowns. He garnered All-America accolades as a junior when he led The Citadel to a conference title and number one final ranking with 1,449 yards and 12 touchdowns. He served as a team captain in 1993 and was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Sands got into the coaching profession originally at the high school level in 1995 when he was at Sea Island Academy in Johns Island, S.C. At that time, he was considered to be the youngest head coach in the history of South Carolina high school football.
His first college coaching position came at Elon from 1996-98.
Sands is married to the former Yvette Newton and the couple has two sons, Everette III “Tre” and Josiah, and one daughter, Sierra.