Tim Sanders

Biographical Information
Head Coach/Athletic Director Tim Sanders created the Birmingham Prep program with his wife Keri. They were inspired by the life and legacy of Mikal Lee Parker, Keri's son. The full Cardinal Story. Sanders is born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama; a graduate of Huffman High School and an alumnus of Troy University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health Physical Education Recreation and played wide receiver from 1974-77. Sanders also earned a Master of Physical Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Sanders began his coaching career as an assistant in 1978 at Huffman, his alma mater, where he coached under long-time Huffman head coach Jerry Partridge until after the 1980 season. Sanders served as an assistant for current Duke University Head Coach David Cutcliffe in 1981 at Banks High School where Sanders remained until his first head coaching stop in 1984 at Ohatchee High School. Two years and two playoff appearances later, Sanders left Ohatchee for Warrior High School from 1986-91. Following the 1991 season, Sanders took over the program at Leeds High School from 1992-2003. Sanders established the program at Shades Mountain Christian High School in 2006 and finished his high school coaching career at John Carroll Catholic from 2013-15. Sanders also had a stint on staff at Birmingham-Southern College from 2008-11 under Eddie Garfinkle. Sanders was a high school head coach for 24 seasons and a 30-year veteran of the coaching profession. Sanders first step in the journey with prep football was as an assistant on the Alabama Prep-Birmingham EAC runner-up staff in 2016 before taking over the program and rebranding it for the 2017 season. Since his establishment of the Cardinals, Sanders has led the program to back-to-back NPSAA Championships in 2017 and 2018 with a SAPGC semifinal appearance in 2019. Sanders heads into his 28th season as a head coach hoping to lead the Cardinals back to another championship.

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