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Sanders leaves Pueblo

TUCSON – Brandon Sanders time on the Warrior Block is over.

The 1996 UA safety announced on Friday that he has stepped down from the head football coach position at Pueblo High School.

Sanders took over the job in 2014 after spending time as an assistant coach at both Pima College and Catalina Foothills.

He leaves having led the Warriors to the post-season in three of his six seasons (41-22), winning two region championships (2015 and 2017). The 2015 season in which Pueblo went unbeaten (6-0) in Division II Region IV broke the school’s string of 24 seasons without making the state playoffs.

2019 matched his best campaign at the school as Pueblo finished with an 8-3 record losing to Gilbert Mesquite 21-6 in the first round of the Conference 4A playoffs.


“It has been an emotional week for me because I love that man,” said Pueblo principal Frank Rosthenhausler, who hired Sanders when Rosthenhausler was the school’s athletic director. “As I always have, I’ll support him and his family in whatever he needs. He leaves as one of the more successful coaches in the history of Pueblo and he will be sorely missed. We part with nothing but love for each other.”

Sanders became the school’s athletic director shortly after his arrival when Rosthenhausler stepped up to an assistant principal role in the school’s administration.

David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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