Director of Student Involvement and Community Outreach, Women's Soccer Coach
Head Coach Matt Sanger returns to his collegiate roots as he begins first season of the Hope International Women’s Soccer program. Coach Sanger spent his four collegiate seasons playing for the HIU men and is now hoping to bring his knowledge to the HIU women’s side as their coach. Sanger’s ability to recruit sets up 2015 as an opportunity for success thanks to the most number of players ever in the program.
Since graduating from Hope International, Coach Sanger has focused his attention on coaching Girl’s Soccer. From 2009 to present he has been the Head Coach of Girls U19, Girls U17, Girls U16, and Girls U12 for the Strikers FC Soccer Club. He also serves as the College Soccer Recruiting Coordinator for the boys and girls at Strikers FC North.
In 2010, Coach Sanger was named the Director of Girls Soccer at La Habra High School where he oversees both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. The Sanger led Highlanders have advanced to the CIF Playoffs four of his years as coach.
Two years ago, Sanger started a business called Spotlight Athletic Placement that focuses on walking high school soccer players through the recruiting process headed to college athletic programs around the country.
From 2005-08, Sanger represented Hope International as a member of the men’s soccer team. Having started nearly his entire four year career as a center back, he wore the captain band for his final two years and earned All-GSAC honors as a Senior in 2008. With Sanger clogging the middle defensively, the Royals advanced to two National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournaments. The ironic highlight of his career was being named the GSAC Offensive Player of the Week as a defender after heading home the game winning goals in back-to-back 1-0 HIU wins.
Educationally, Coach Sanger earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hope International University in May 2009.
Coach Sanger resides in La Habra, CA, with his wife Natalie- who joins the HIU Women’s Soccer staff as an assistant. The Sangers attend First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton.