Sanderson in March 2017
|Full name||Brenton James Sanderson|
|Date of birth||27 February 1974|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Original team(s)||Sturt (SANFL)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2014.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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.
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 left the Crows having won 39 of his 69 games in charge – a 56.5 per cent success rate – the second-best of any Crows coach to date.
Sanderson was Head Coach at the AFL National Academy from 2015 to 2016.
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- 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 Archived 15 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- 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
- "Brenton Sanderson - collingwoodfc.com.au". collingwoodfc.com.au. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- Russell, Dwayne (2 March 2003) Sanderson sets sights
- Brenton Sanderson's player profile at AFL Tables
- Brenton Sanderson's coaching profile at AFL Tables
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- Brenton Sanderson's playing statistics from AFL Tables