LaShaunda Sandifer ready for reins as volleyball and girls basketball coach at T.F. North
By Tony Baranek email@example.com June 18, 2014 4:48PM
Updated: July 21, 2014 3:42PM
LaShaunda Sandifer said it won’t be particularly tricky being both the girls volleyball and girls basketball coach at T.F. North.
She did just fine during the past school year as the sophomore girls volleyball coach and the freshman girls basketball coach.
“I don’t think it was very difficult. It was basically a time-management situation,” Sandifer said. “I had to work on making sure that I had everything scheduled properly.
“As an assistant or a sophomore or freshman coach I didn’t have to put as much planning into preseason and things like that, so it was different in that aspect.”
T.F. North athletic director Dale Pietranczyk confirmed Wednesday that Sandifer, who already has been board-approved to be the volleyball coach, will be recommended for approval on the basketball side at Tuesday’s District 215 meeting.
Sandifer, 25, who works at the school as a teacher’s aide, brings in plenty of upside.
She’s a T.F. North grad (2007) who excelled in both sports. Sandifer continued her multisport career at Wright State, where she was all-Horizon League in volleyball her sophomore through senior years. In basketball, she made the All-Newcomer team as a freshman.
“She has a great heart and passion for T.F. North athletics,” Pietranczyk said. “Like myself, a (North) graduate, we want nothing but T.F. North athletics to be more successful than they have been recently and return back to where we think we should be.”
Pietranczyk had no qualms about hiring a coach for back-to-back sports.
“We’ve had people do it in the past (such as) Tim Bankston in cross country and basketball, “Pietranczyk said. “Naturally, I asked her if she would be up to the task, and she said yes.
“It’s going to be difficult, it’s going to be very demanding, but she’s a young girl with a lot of energy and some great ideas.”
Coaching, Sandifer said, made itself an attractive career option when she was in college.
“I had great coaches around me, so it always was a dream of mine to work as the head of a program,” she said. “I always studied the coaches that I played for, and tried to be the best student of each game as much as possible.”
She got her opportunities when both the volleyball and basketball jobs at T.F. North opened up.
“I felt I might as well take the chance and go out on a limb,” Sandifer said. “I was a little leery at first, but I felt there was no greater time. I probably wouldn’t have this opportunity again any time soon, so I might as well take advantage.
“I’ve known them (the administrators) basically since I was 13-14 years old. They know me. I just have to sell myself as a coach instead of as a student. I just had to go in there and put my big-girl pants on and play the part.”