JJC Women's Basketball Camps

Head Coach Shaun Sanderson

The 2018-19 season will be Shaun Sanderson's 11th season as the Joliet Junior College women's basketball head coach. During his tenure, Coach Sanderson has compiled a career record of 165-148 (most wins for a women’s basketball coach at JJC). 

Last season, he led Joliet to an overall record of 25-8 and a 9-5 N4C conference record before losing in the NJCAA Region IV Championship for the second year in a row. Also, for the first time in 11 years, the women’s basketball program received the NJCAA No. 1 national ranking.  

Coach Sanderson’s has been voted N4C Conference Coach of the Year twice, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, NJCAA Region IV and District B Coach of the Year.  Since becoming head coach, Sanderson has helped over thirty young ladies extend their playing careers to four year institutions. Those players have moved on to play anywhere from NCAA Division I to NAIA Division II.

Over the years he has had the ability to convince area players to stay home and give him a chance to make them better basketball players. It is clear that Coach Sanderson’s ability to recruit and develop players has been where his success lies. Under his wing, he's coached 12 all tournament players, 16 all-conference players, 11 all-region players, two All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans.

Sanderson's first three years at JJC was as an assistant coach, under then head coach Tony Giese. Joliet finished with an overall record of 71-22. This includes an impressive 27-3 N4C conference record and a NJCAA No. 1 ranking in the country in 2007.

From 2002-2004, Sanderson was an assistant coach under then head coach Danny Turner at Joliet Township High School. He helped guide the Lady Steelmen from a 4-win season (prior to his arrival) to a regional championship and two Top 25 final rankings in the Chicago Sun-Times. Sanderson was also the head JV coach and saw every player on that team develop and go on to have successful collegiate careers. Some of those players included Ebony Ellis (Northern Illinois), Jaquetta Westley (Youngstown State), and Ashley Easley (Yale, 2009).

Prior to his years at JTHS, Sanderson was a volunteer assistant/manager at the University of Illinois at Chicago under then head coach Tim Eatman (Rutgers University). He assisted in tape editing, statistics, practice drills and individual skills.

Sanderson started his basketball coaching career in 1997, when he was hired as head coach for Calvary M.B. Church girls' basketball team in Chicago. He helped introduce and develop a love for the game to girls playing organized basketball for the first time.

A native of Chicago, Sanderson graduated from Dunbar Vocational H.S. where he was a standout outfielder. He then went on to Central State University in Wilberforce, OH to continue his baseball career. In December of 2007, Sanderson earned his Associate of Arts degree from Joliet Junior College. Currently, he is finishing his degree in Communications at Governors State University.

Having a passion for improving the lives of young adults, Sanderson works and mentors students at Joliet and Plainfield high schools through the YMCA's Achievers Program. He also spent a summer mentoring and coaching AAU basketball with the Bolingbrook Panthers.

Sanderson and his wife Elaine reside in Joliet. They have a daughter, Sydnie.