Dave Sanderson took over the rowing program as head coach at Barry in 2007.
In 2013, Sanderson's crew finished second at the NCAA Championships. His team won titles at Dad Vail Regatta, Knecht Cup and Sunshine State Conference Championships. His Varsity 8 won 14 of 16 races, capturing seven finals victories.
In 2012, the Buccaneers qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. The Buccaneers, an at-large selection, finished sixth at the national regatta. In 2011, Sanderson’s crew qualified for the NCAA National Championships, where the Buccaneers finished behind Seattle Pacific in the Varsity 8 Petite Final.
In 2010, Sanderson led the crew to one of their best finishes in school history. The Bucs won the Sunshine State Conference championship with a first place finish in the Varsity 8 event. The 8 later finished second at Dad Vail and third at the NCAA Championships. The Bucs earned second place team finishes in 2008 and 2009 at the SSC Championships.
Prior to Barry, Sanderson spent a year as an assistant coach with the University of Miami women under head coach Debra Morgan, helping lead the Hurricanes to a fourth place finish at the ACC Regatta.
Before his time in Coral Gables, Sanderson was the assistant varsity coach for Boston University men’s crew. Sanderson was with the Terriers for three seasons, pushing the program to a best-ever finish of sixth place at the 2005 IRA National Championships. Prior to that, he coached at Community Rowing in Newton, Mass., as the head coach of the competitive men’s sweep program, where his crews won medals at U.S. Club & Masters National Championships.
Sanderson also coached the U.S. heavyweight men’s double sculls to a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. In 1989, he began rowing at the Narragansett Boat Club in Providence, R.I.
He later attended Yale University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies in 1998. He rowed on the lightweight crew. At Yale, Sanderson was a member of three varsity lightweight crews, earning two bronze medals and a silver at Eastern Sprints and a silver at the IRA National Championship regatta.
Sanderson competed for the United States at the World Rowing Championships as a member of the 1997 lightweight men’s pair and the 1999 lightweight men’s quadruple sculls. He has also raced the single, winning the Lightweight Single event at the prestigious Head of Charles Regatta in 1998 and 1999.
A native of Providence, R.I., Sanderson, his wife, Taber, and family now live in Miami.