On Dec. 6, in Birmingham, Ala., Sanders a former Mississippi Valley State University Track and Field standout, will be inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame. Other to be inducted in the Hall of Fame are current Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver (Alcorn State), Hubert O Clemmons (Arkansas-Pine Bluff ), Eugene Doc Harvey (Grambling), Lawrence A. Davis (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), LyVonne LeFlore (Jackson State), Harold Carmichael (Southern) and Willie Norwood (Alcorn State).
“To me, it’s a very great honor,” Sanders said. “Being in the SWAC Hall of Fame says a lot, especially being from a small town in Shaw. I played high school ball here at Shaw. I played football, ran track, played baseball and did it all.
“Just being able to go in the SWAC and be inducted with some great guys that are already in there, that’s a great honor. I respect the committee and also respect the people that nominated me. That says a lot.”
Sanders had an outstanding career in track and field at MVSU, mainly known for his distance running in events such as the 880-yard run. He was All SWAC from 1977-80. He was the school’s MVP for four consecutive years, earned All-American honors during his career and helped lead the Delta Devils to the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association Championship. His production in track and field allowed him to be inducted in MVSU’s Hall of Fame in 1998. During his time at MVSU, Sanders did well in the classroom and majored in Heath and Physical Education.
Sanders has gone on to great things in the coaching profession as he is currently the head boys basketball coach at Wingfield High School. He guided Wingfield to a perfect regular season record and an overall record of 30-1 in the 2009-10 season. Sanders, at one point, led Wingfield to the 5A State Tournament in Jackson in three consecutive and served as head coach of the Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Basketball game last year. He has also been an assistant coach in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game. Basketball coach hasn’t been the only role has served in at Wingfield. He has also served as girls track coach, boys track coach and assistant on the football team.
Before going to Wingfield, he coached track at Leflore County High School and was an assistant boys basketball coach and coached track at Grenada High School. His track teams at Leflore County won district championships, North State Champions and finished state runner-ups. At Grenada, his girls and boys track teams won district and north state championships with the girls winning three state championships.
Sanders is the brother of Eugene Sanders, who is currently the head football coach at Leland High School. Herman has cherished his relationship with his brother, and he also has a passion for sports.
“I love sports, and I love working with kids,” Sanders said. “I love to see kids develop into good athletes. I used sports to get a scholarship, but I also use it to be able to be a role model to our kids. I wanted to go all the way with it and that was instilled in me and Eugene. We’re still very close. We just have that competitive edge. ”