|Full name||Brenton Sanderson|
|Date of birth||27 February 1974|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Original team||Sturt (SANFL)|
209 (34)6 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2005 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2014.
Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, Sanderson moved from Sturt to Adelaide as one of their 10 concession picks. While at Sturt he injured his right leg and had to learn to kick left footed, this subsequently became his primary kicking foot. He finally made his debut in 1992 but had limited opportunities and played just 6 games until he moved to Collingwood. He played just 4 games with the club following two hamstring injuries during the year, but Sanderson once said he learned a lot about the right attitude to preparation and training, as he learned from living with Nathan Buckley.
In 1995 Sanderson moved to Geelong and reinvented himself as a half-back flanker, generating a lot of run out of defence. He had his best season in 2001, when he took out the Carji Greeves Medal as well as earning International rules selection.
In 2005 before the finals series, Sanderson announced he would be retiring from AFL football. Unfortunately he went out following a heartbreaking loss in the Semi-final to Sydney.
Immediately after Sanderson's retirement from playing he moved back to Adelaide to become an assistant coach at Port Adelaide Football Club, before heading back to Geelong to become an assistant coach in 2007. On Monday 19 September 2011 Sanderson was appointed coach of the Adelaide Football Club ahead of red hot favourite Scott Burns and premiership captain Mark Bickley.
After getting to within a goal of reaching the AFL Grand Final in 2012, the Crows underachieved in the ensuing two years, finishing 11th and 10th respectively and therefore failing to make the finals. As a result, on 17 September 2014 (almost three years to the day since he was appointed) Sanderson was sacked as coach of the Adelaide Crows. He leaves the Crows having won 39 of his 69 games in charge – a 56.5 per cent success rate – the best of any Crows coach to date.
|Led the league for the Season only*|
|Led the league after finals only*|
|Led the league after Season and Finals*|
*10 games required to be eligible.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
|Season||Team||Games Coached||Wins||Losses||Draws||Points %||Ladder Position||League Teams|
* = Unfinished season
- Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 576. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
- Swans pull off unlikely win, Cats go out
- Sanderson backs Port's young guns
- Gullan, Scott (7 November 2006) Bomber labels Cats review 'crappy'; Herald Sun
- Crows, coach part ways, Adelaide Football Club official website, 17 September 2014
- Russell, Dwayne (2 March 2003) Sanderson sets sights
- Brenton Sanderson's player profile at AFL Tables
- Brenton Sanderson's coaching profile at AFL Tables
- Brenton Sanderson's statistics from AFL Tables
Mark Bickley (caretaker)
|Adelaide Football Club coach
|after = Phillip Walsh|
|- ! colspan="3" style="border-top: 5px solid #FFF179;" |Awards |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |style="width:30%;" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Steven King | style="width: 40%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Carji Greeves Medal
2001 | style="width: 30%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Steven King |- |}