Western Carolina Coach Mark Prosser has announced the promotion of Monty Sanders to associate head coach for the men’s basketball team.

“Monty has been an extremely valuable member of our program over the past year,” Prosser said. “He is a tremendous leader and mentor to our student-athletes as well as a terrific coach who has worked extremely hard to move our program forward. He is an elite evaluator of talent and a passionate recruiter. He also possesses a unique knowledge and understanding of both the Southern Conference and recruiting our home state of North Carolina. I’m excited to see his continual grown and impact on our program over the next several years.”

Sanders joined Prosser’s staff prior to their first season in 2018-19. In addition to working primarily with the team’s post players, Sanders functions as the team’s offensive coordinator among other responsibilities.

“I’m extremely grateful and humbled by the confidence Coach Prosser has in me,”Sanders said. “I am honored to do what I love here at a place like Western Carolina for a coach like Mark Prosser. I’m looking forward to working with our returning players and new recruits as we continue to build the Western Carolina basketball program.”

Before arriving in Cullowhee, Sanders was a member of the Elon coaching staff for eight seasons with his first three years spent in operations and then five seasons as assistant coach.

A 2009 graduate of Elon, Sanders began his coaching career as an assistant at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.