Millbrook girls basketball coach Debby Sanders resigns

Posted: April 11, 2013

Millbrook High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Debbie Sanders has resigned after leading the Lady Pioneers for the past nine seasons.  Sanders informed her team of her decision to step away from coaching this afternoon. 
            Sanders says, “I’ve been fortunate to be part of many great teams at Millbrook.  The success we’ve enjoyed came as a result of teamwork and the outstanding support I’ve received from my principal Carrie Butler and Millbrook’s coordinator of student activities Chris Garber.  Our players, coaches, fans and school community also deserve credit for the success we’ve enjoyed and the championships we won during my time as head coach.  As I step down, I leave with many great memories.”  
            During Sanders’ tenure, she led Millbrook to three consecutive undefeated seasons and state championships.  Her 2009-10 team was a perfect 22-0 and won the state championship.  The 2010-11 Lady Pioneers completed the season with a 28-0 record and captured a second consecutive state title.  In 2011-12, Sanders’ team won a third straight state championship and finished the season 30-0.  During their incredible run from March 2009-December 2012, Sanders’ teams won 84 consecutive games and broke Haysi High School’s state record of 78 consecutive wins set between 1947 and 1951.  Millbrook’s winning streak ended with a 44-42 loss to Battlefield in December 2012. 
            Millbrook High School principal Carrie Butler says, “Coach Sanders has done an outstanding job leading our girls’ basketball program.  She has enjoyed great success, but has also taught our student-athletes the value of teamwork, dedication, and hard work.” 
            Although she has resigned from her position as head girls’ basketball coach, Sanders will continue teaching physical education at Millbrook.  The search for her successor will begin in the coming days.