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  Speakers
Speaker Schedule for the Montgomery Quarterback Club
Date: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 5:15 pm

SonnySWimpS

Sonny Smith served as head basketball coach at Auburn University from 1978 to 1989. During his time at Auburn, he was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1989. In 1985, he coached the Tigers to their first ever SEC Tournament Championship. During his time at Auburn, he coach NBA Hall of Fame player Charles Barkley and NBA star Chuck Person. During the 1984 to 1988 period, Smith guided Auburn to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. This included a Sweet 16 berth in 1985 and an Elite Eight berth in 1986.

Coach Smith is a native of Roan Mountain, Tennessee. He was head coach at East Tennessee State before going to Auburn. After his time at Auburn, he was head coach at Virginia Commonwealth for 9 years. Smith currently serves as the color analyst for Auburn men’s basketball broadcasts. Coach Smith and his wife, Jan, live in Auburn and have been married 59 years.

Wimp Sanderson served as the head basketball coach at the University of Alabama from 1981 to 1992. During his tenure in Tuscaloosa, Sanderson averaged 21.8 wins per year and won 5 SEC Tournament Championships. Sanderson led Alabama to 10 NCAA tournaments making the Sweet 16 a total of six times. He is the only coach in Alabama history to win 200 or more games in his first ten years. Sanderson was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1987, 1989, and 1990 and was the National Coach of the Year in 1987.

Prior to becoming head coach at Alabama, Sanderson served 20 years as an Alabama assistant. Coach Sanderson graduated from the University of North Alabama and after a brief stint as a high school coach became a graduate assistant at Alabama. Sanderson was the head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock from 1994 to 1999.  Coach Sanderson and his wife, Annette, have been married for over 50 years and all three of their sons were basketball coaches at one time in their careers. 



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