Athletics Administration
Dr. Richard Sander
Interim Athletic Director
Lauren Aksionoff
Executive Senior Associate AD/SWA
Dr. Steve Cunningham
Assistant Athletic Director of Business Operations
Dr. Adam Sayers
Director of Sport Supervision
Sheryll Hanks
Assistant to AD
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Dr. Richard Sander

Dr. Richard Sander

Interim Athletic Director

Dr. Richard Sander was named Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on August 1, 2022. Sander previously served as ETSU’s Athletic Director from 2013 to 2017 and also currently serves as Director for the Center for Global Sport Leadership and Executive in Residence – Assistant to the President. Prior to joining ETSU, Sander led Virginia Commonwealth’s athletic program for 20 years. He began his career as head basketball coach at Howard High School in Chattanooga and later as an assistant at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In 1972, he moved to Cincinnati to serve as head basketball coach at Anderson High School, until 1982 when he became Assistant Athletic Director at Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis). In 1986, he left Memphis to take the AD job at VCU. His duties expanded in 1994 when he assumed the title of Assistant to the President and Director of Athletics. In 1999, he added the title Executive Director of the VCU Sports Center. Sander earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1968. He received a M.S. in Physical Education from Xavier University in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Cincinnati in 1980. Sander and his wife, Mary, have a daughter, Leslie, and son, Jim, and grandchildren Jack Winston, Finnegan and Fontaine Sander.