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2023-24 Coaching Staff

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MATT SANDERS
 

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Coach Matt Sanders grew up in Albany, OR where he developed a passion for basketball. Throughout his high school years, he played four years of varsity basketball and was even nominated as a McDonald's All-American. After high school, he continued on to play a year at Blue Mountain College and two years at Clackamas College. Matt's trajectory shifted when he decided to start a career in opening a cell phone store and building a family with his wife, Tobie. Tobie,who grew up as an Air Force kid, had her own athletic background, playing both volleyball and basketball while living in the United States and overseas.

In 2010, Matt and Tobie made the decision to move to Sherwood, OR, as they believed it would be an ideal place to raise their family. They are proud parents to four wonderful children named Tali, Micah, Zoe, and Tristan. Shortly after settling in Sherwood, Matt discovered his passion for coaching and began coaching youth sports.
 
In 2016, Matt had the incredible opportunity to join Sherwood High School's Boys Basketball program as a program assistant under the guidance of Coach Rahim Tufts. Working alongside Rahim and other experienced coaches, Matt gained invaluable insights into building a winning culture and running a successful program from top to bottom.
 
In 2018-2019, he expanded my coaching experience by joining the girls premier basketball club Northwest Select, led by Angie Sun. Under Angie's mentorship, Matt delved deeper into higher-level training and skill development, enhancing his coaching abilities.
 
Now, in the upcoming 2023/24 season, Matt is excited to take on the role of Varsity Assistant Coach for Sherwood High School's Girls Basketball Team, as well as, the Boys Varsity Program. Additionally, he and his wife have opened SandersCourt, a private basketball facility in Sherwood. Through SandersCourt, they aim to provide more opportunities for the community to come together, learn the game of basketball, and receive additional training.
 
As a coach, Matt firmly believes that culture is paramount. To him, it means celebrating the success of teammates and being there to lift them up when they face adversity. Through his coaching journey, he strives to instill these values in players, fostering a positive and supportive environment within the team.
 

LIZ BARRETT
 

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Coach Liz Barrett is a new addition to the 2023-2024 program, but not new to Sherwood. She returns to the Sherwood Basketball program after leading the program from 2006 to 2013. During her tenure, her team recorded a 120-83 overall record, including two state tournament appearances, and two conference Coach of the Year awards. Before coaching at Sherwood, Coach Barrett was an assistant coach at Western Oregon and Linfield University. 
 
She grew up in Turner, Oregon.  After attending and playing basketball at Cascade High School, Coach Barrett continued on to Oregon State University, where she played for the Beavers for the next two seasons. After spending two years at Oregon State, she transferred to Western Oregon University to complete her last two years of college. 
 
Coach Barrett has worked for the Sherwood School District for the last 19 years, teaching Math, Business, and Computer Applications. She is currently the high school's Career Center Director. Coach Barrett is very excited to get back into coaching and looks forward to what this year's team can accomplish. 

BRAD GREGORY
 

Coach Brad Gregory has been coaching boys and girls basketball for23 years. He has been coaching and teaching in Sherwood for the last twelve years. Brad has twin sons who graduated from Sherwood High School last spring and are off to college at Willamette University and Oregon State University. He is currently a fifth grade teacher at Hawks View Elementary.

Brad joined Sherwood Basketball Organization (Sherwood's youth basketball program) in 2021 as the 8A coach of our 2023-24 sophomores and then joined the Sherwood High School Girls Basketball program as the head coach for the JV2 team the following spring. He is looking forward to getting back in the gym with the girls and picking up where they left off at summer camp in July 2023. 

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MADISON HILL
 

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Coach Madison Hill started her basketball career in Bowie, Texas. There she lead her team to four district champion titles; made it to the 2nd,3rd, and 4th round of playoffs throughout the years; and made 1stteam all-district twice. After high school, she went to University of Texas at Dallas on a full ride scholarship and played for the women’s team until graduation.

After earning her MA in Political Science and
receiving Magna Cum Laude honors, she moved up to Oregon. She has lived here for a year and has coached all age groups and levels. When she’s not coaching, she’s enjoying her time hiking, baking, traveling, and cuddling with her two cats. The Sherwood High School Girls Basketball community has been of the most positive programs she has been a part of filled with the most passionate coaches and players. 

TIM EHLERS
 

As player from way back in Nebraska, Coach Tim Ehlers started playing in 4th grade and continued on through high school. Tim opted not to play in college after his high school team was very successful and won a State Championship during his senior year. Although offered opportunities, he decided at that time it was not the best for him. So, he helped at his high school during their summer programs and played at University of Nebraska in their competitive Intramural leagues. Tim has been involved in Oregon girls basketball since the fall of 2015.

He
coached for four years at West Salem High School as a JV/Varsity

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assistant and as a JV head coach. Tim was also the head coach for one year at Dallas High School, and most recently, three years at Sunset High School. He also coached 3 seasons with the Mid-Valley Monarchs club program out of Salem.

Looking to step away from a head coaching position, Tim applied to Sherwood. Coach Anderson and he met last year as their teams played their first game of the season against one another (where Sherwood won). He knew that Sherwood has strong community support and players that want to succeed in the sport we love and hecould not pass up the opportunity to join the program.

Tim and his wife, Lisa live in the Beaverton area, and have one daughter who graduated from Lewis & Clark College in May 2023. She is the volleyball head coach at Riverside High School, in West Linn.

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