Former Reno High standout Zach Sanford is moving across town.
Reed athletic director Ryan Simms confirmed that Sanford was named the new boys basketball coach at Reed on Tuesday.
Sanford has been an assistant boys basketball coach at Reno for Matt Ochs the past five seasons. He played on the Reno boys team that won the state basketball title in 2008.
The 24-year-old Sanford also played baseball at Reno and went on to play baseball in college at San Mateo as a pitcher.
Sanford is excited for the opportunity.
“I was shocked when they called me,” he said. “But what a great opportunity. Reed’s agreat school. They have built such a great tradition. I’m very excited.”
Sanford grew up in a coaching atmosphere. His father, Dave Sanford, was a girls basketball coach at Yerington for 14 years and won four state titles there.
That background inspired Zach to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“Basketball has been a passion of mine. When you can’t play anymore, you want to give back. What a great way to give back to the game that taught me so much. It’s always been in my bloodlines,” Sanford said.
Dave Sanford, who was the publisher of the Mason Valley News, died in Jan. 2014.
“It’s kind of emotional for me,” Sanford said. I learned a lot from him. I hope I can do half as good as he did.”
Reed loses eight seniors from last season’s team, but has a strong incoming class. Dustin Hall resigned the post earlier this year.
Sanford is looking forward to putting his mark on the Raiders.
“It’s a great time to instill some new things,” Sanford said. “Coach Hall built a winning tradition and I want to continue to build on that.”
Ochs is looking forward to facing his former assistant.
“I told him, ‘I’m happy for you, but I’m going to try to kick your butt,'” Ochs said.
Simms also announced that James Crane, 30, will take over as Reed volleyball coach. Former coach, Kris Flagtvedt, stepped down in the spring.
Like Sanford, Crane was also an assistant at Reno, the past two seasons.
He takes over a Reed volleyball team that won the High Desert League title last season.