Greensboro, N.C. — David Sands was named assistant women’s basketball coach at Guilford College Thursday in an announcement by interim athletic director Tom Palombo. Sands takes his first college coaching position as the top assistant to sixth-year head coach Stephanie Flamini.
Sands is well known around central North Carolina girls’ basketball circles, having spent 13 years coaching scholastic basketball, plus another 10 years as the head coach of the Piedmont XPress Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team. He has strong ties to the Quakers, having coached Guilford rising senior guard Brittany Bumgarner (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) in high school and in AAU basketball. Sands assisted Guilford Athletics Hall of Famer John Ralls ’76 on two state champion teams at Ledford High School.
Sands coached the girls’ basketball team at West Forsyth High School to a 49-34 record and three state playoff appearances from 2002-05. He received the 2004 Central Piedmont 4-A Conference Coach of the Year Award. Sands spent the previous three seasons at Ledford, where in addition to working with Ralls’ varsity team, he also coached the Panthers’ junior varsity girls’ basketball team to a 40-1 record over two years. Sands made his head-coaching debut in 1998 Southwest Guilford High School and spent six years coaching the junior varsity girls’ basketball team at Asheboro High School.
A 1990 graduate of High Point University, Sands joins Flamini’s staff one season after the Quakers compiled an 11-14 overall record. Guilford went 6-14 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play and returns 12 letter winners for 2008-09