Scott Sanderson resigned after 14 seasons as Lipscomb University’s men’s basketball coach, the school announced Tuesday.
Assistant coach Pete Froedden was named interim coach while the university searches for a replacement.
Sanderson, the only coach since the program transitioned to NCAA Division I, will leave Lipscomb rather than take a position elsewhere in the athletics department.
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Lipscomb University for the wonderful 14 years my family and I have experienced here,” Sanderson said in a statement released by the university. “After much consideration, I believe it is time for me and the university to go in different directions. I do believe we have made positive strides in guiding the program from NAIA to NCAA Division I competition. I would like to thank my current and former players, my coaching staff — both past and present — the administration, our board of trustees and our president, Dr. Randy Lowry. I wish Lipscomb University much success in all its future endeavors.”
Sanderson succeeded the legendary Don Meyer in 1999 and was the NAIA national coach of the year in 1999-00, according to Basketball Times. He was 222-201 with the Bisons, won two Atlantic Sun Conference regular season titles (2006 and 2010) and took the program to the 2006 NIT.
Before Lipscomb he was 84-25 in three seasons at the University of Mobile, where he also was named NAIA Coach of the Year. He also worked as an assistant at South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado and New Orleans.
“Scott has been a key part of Lipscomb athletics and its transition to NCAA Division I for more than 14 years,” director of athletics Philip Hutcheson said. “I know him to be a man of fine character who is committed to the game. We have worked with Scott through many conversations recently as he has come to this decision. The university is committed to being helpful and generous as Scott and his family makes this transition. We wish him every success.”
Froedden played at Lipscomb and has been a high school head coach at Hillwood High School and Memphis’ Harding Academy and a college assistant at Austin Peay. He has been on Sanderson’s staff for the past four seasons.