The Hardin-Simmons Athletic Hall of Fame Committee recently announced its 2014 class that will be inducted on Oct. 18 in a ceremony in the Johnson Building Multipurpose Room, on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

Among the 2014 inductees is 1998 BHS grad and former defensive star, Jared Sanderson.
“I think it is a tremendous honor to be included in a great group of players at HSU,” Sanderson said. “I had a great coaching staff there with head coach Jimmie Keeling and defensive coordinator Jim Abbate.”

Sanderson says Keeling and Abbate had an impact on him while at HSU.
“Jimmie was a man of great character and I was proud to play for him,” said Sanderson.
Jared Sanderson, a 1998 BHS graduate, will be inducted into the Hardin-Simmons Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Oct. 18, in Abilene.
Jared Sanderson, a 1998 BHS graduate, will be inducted into the Hardin-Simmons Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Oct. 18, in Abilene. (Photo Courtesy of Levelland/Hockley County News-Press)
“Abbate was a guy that got the most out of you and I really respected him.”

Sanderson, who will start his second season in less than a month as the Levelland High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, was 5-5 in his inaugural season as coach of the Lobos. He served as an assistant coach prior to that and was the head powerlifting coach from 2010-2012.

During his senior year as a Buckaroo, Sanderson was the Buckaroos leading defensive player with 95 tackles, 112 assist, three quarterback sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception.

While in high school, Sanderson started all four years, earning multiple awards including being an all-state selection his junior and senior year.

He played on two undefeated regular season teams at BHS in 1996 and 1997.
Sanderson says that there was a lot that he took away from BHS that helped him as a coach now.

“The fun thing about Breckenridge was when you think about where we started and where we ended up finishing it was pretty neat,” he said. “We were 2-8 my sophomore year and were 13-1 my junior year and 12-1 as a senior. I think it really helps me as a coach to experience that first hand and be able to  use it as a coach.”

(See complete story in the Saturday, July 12 edition of the Breckenridge American)