Marvin Sanders
    Marvin  Sanders

    Secondary Coach

    Marvin Sanders, whose previous coaching stops have included Nebraska, North Carolina (where he was defensive coordinator) and Colorado State, is in his first year at USC as the secondary coach. He joined the USC staff in February of 2012.

    Sanders, 44, came to USC after spending 2 months as the associate head coach, defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Florida Atlantic.

    Before that, he spent 3 seasons (2008-10) as his alma mater Nebraska's secondary coach, including the final 2 years there as assistant head coach for defense. The Cornhuskers led the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2009 and were third in 2010. They had 18 interceptions and allowed just 7 touchdown passes in 2009 and they added 19 picks in 2010. Cornerback Prince Amukamara was an All-American first teamer and Thorpe Award finalist in 2010, while safeties Eric Hagg (2010) and Larry Asante (2009) were All-Big 12 first team picks. All 3 players were NFL draft picks, with Amukamara selected in the first round.

    It was Sanders' second stint coaching the Nebraska secondary, as he also coached there in 2003 when the Cornhuskers also led the nation in pass efficiency defense and set a school and league record with 32 interceptions. Safety Josh Bullocks was an All-American after making a school-record 10 interceptions. Bullocks was a second round NFL pick along with his brother, safety Daniel Bullocks, while cornerback Fabian Washington was a first rounder.

    The Cornhuskers played in a bowl game each year Sanders was there: the 2003 Alamo Bowl, 2008 Gator Bowl and 2009 and 2010 Holiday Bowls.

    Sanders left Nebraska after 2003 and spent 3 seasons (2004-06) as the secondary coach at North Carolina. He also was the co-defensive coordinator the first year, then was elevated to defensive coordinator the final 2 years. In 2004, the Tar Heels held Duke to just 234 total yards, the fewest by a UNC defense in 3 years, and they played in the Continental Tire Bowl. In 2005, North Carolina was 42nd nationally in total defense (an improvement of 67 spots from the previous year), had its most interceptions since 1999 and limited Virginia to 199 total yards. Safety Gerald Sensabaugh was an NFL draftee.

    Sanders began his coaching career as the secondary coach at Nebraska Wesleyan for 2 seasons (1992-93). He then was the secondary coach at Minnesota-Morris in 1994, where he doubled as the sports information director.

    He spent 5 seasons (1995-99) as the secondary coach at Nebraska-Omaha and also was the defensive coordinator the final 3 years. UNO won a pair of North Central Conference titles and appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs twice.

    He then coached defensive ends and outside linebackers at New Mexico State in 2000 before spending 2 seasons (2001-02) as the secondary coach at Colorado State. The Rams won the 2002 Mountain West Conference title and played in a pair of bowl games (New Orleans in 2001 and Liberty in 2002). Safety Dexter Wynn was an NFL draftee.

    Sanders was a 3-year (1987-89) letterwinning defensive back at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers played in 4 bowl games during his time there (1987 Sugar, 1988 Fiesta, 1989 Orange, 1990 Fiesta), won at least 10 games each season and finished in the AP Top 11 each year.

    He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1990.

    He prepped at Thornwood High in South Holland (Ill.).

    He was born on Oct. 2, 1967. He and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Chandler Marie, 20, and a son, Payton, 16.


    BIRTHDAY: Oct. 2, 1967
    FAMILY: Wife, Susan; Daughter, Chandler Marie, 20; Son, Payton, 16
    HIGH SCHOOL: Thornwood HS, South Holland, Ill.
    EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, business administration, Nebraska, 1990
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Thornwood HS, South Holland, Ill.
    Nebraska, defensive back, 1987-89

    1992Nebraska Wesleyan Secondary --
    1993Nebraska WesleyanSecondary --
    1994Minnesota-MorrisSecondary --
    1995Nebraska-OmahaSecondary --
    1996Nebraska-OmahaSecondary II playoffs
    1997Nebraska-OmahaDefensive Coordinator/Secondary--
    1998Nebraska-OmahaDefensive Coordinator/SecondaryII playoffs
    1999Nebraska-OmahaDefensive Coordinator/Secondary--
    2000New Mexico StateDefensive Ends/Outside Linebackers--
    2001Colorado StateSecondary New Orleans
    2002Colorado StateSecondary Liberty
    2003NebraskaSecondary Alamo
    2004North CarolinaCo-Defensive Coordinator/SecondaryContinental Tire
    2005North CarolinaDefensive Coordinator/Secondary--
    2006North CarolinaDefensive Coordinator/Secondary--
    2008NebraskaSecondary Gator
    2009NebraskaAssistant Head Coach Defense/SecondaryHoliday
    2010NebraskaAssistant Head Coach Defense/SecondaryHoliday

    NFL STARS: Prince Amukamara, Josh Bullocks, Gerald Sensabaugh, Fabian Washington