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Everette Sands begins his second season with the Gamecocks. He was named running backs coach at South Carolina on January 16, 2012.
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.