The LMU Sports Network continues its Inside the Lions look at the new men's basketball coaching staff with Assistant Coach Patrick Sandle, who returns home for this 28th season in the coaching profession.
With more than 25 years of coaching experience, Patrick Sandle returns home to be an assistant coach with the LMU men's basketball program. Sandle, a Los Angeles native, completes the coaching staff for the Lions.
Known for his scouting ability, work ethic, defense, intensity and successful guard play, Sandle has experience rooted in Southern California with a stop within the West Coast Conference. But his experience branches across the country, spending 10 years (2003-13) as an assistant coach at Pitt, his second stint with the Panthers.
"We're fortunate to have Pat joining our program and coming back to Southern California," said Dunlap. "Like the rest of our staff, I have known him a long time and he was instrumental in building the program at Pitt and we are excited to have him bringing that to LMU."
Sandle first arrived at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 with Head Coach Ben Howland and then came back to Los Angeles when Howland was hired at UCLA. He was an assistant with the Bruins until 2003 when he went back to Pitt. He helped guide the Bruins to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance and 20-plus win season under Steve Lavin in 2001-02. During his tenure, he assisted in the development of NBA players Dan Gadzuric, Matt Barnes and Jason Kapono.
"I am excited to be back in Southern California and to be working with Mike and this staff," said Sandle. "LMU is a great institution and in a great conference and am excited to what we can achieve here."
Working with Dixon at Pitt, the Panthers compiled a 238-77 record and .756 winning percentage, advanced to three NCAA Sweet Sixteens along with the 2009 NCAA Elite Eight, earned the school's first-ever No. 1 national ranking (2009) and No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Tournament in both 2009 and 2011, claimed two Big East regular season titles (2003-04 and 2010-11), captured a Big East Tournament title in 2008 and advanced to eight NCAA Tournaments. In addition, four former players including Chris Taft, Aaron Gray, Sam Young and DeJuan Blair moved on to NBA careers.
During a five-year coaching tenure with Dixon on Ben Howland's staffs at both Pitt and Northern Arizona (1996-99), Sandle was responsible for guard play, scouting, conditioning, player development, on-campus recruiting and academic progress. He also served as director of the school's summer basketball camps. During Sandle's 2000-01 season on Pitt's staff, the Panthers advanced to the National Invitation Tournament, their first postseason appearance in four years. While at Northern Arizona, the Lumberjacks enjoyed their most successful three-year period in school history (63-23, .733), won back-to-back Big Sky Conference titles and advanced to the 1997 NIT and 1998 NCAA Tournament.
Sandle owns 27 years of coaching experience, including 18 seasons at the NCAA Division I level. He has served NCAA Division I stints at Pitt (1999-2001 and 2003-current), UCLA (2001-03), Northern Arizona (1996-99), Fresno State (1991-92) and Saint Mary's College, Calif. (1990-91). Additionally, Sandle has coached at Sonoma State (1994-96), Santa Barbara City College (1989-90), Skyline (Calif.) Junior College (1987-88) and Cuesta College (1986-87). He also coached two stints at San Rafael (Calif.) High School in 1988-89 and from 1992-94.
He spent the 2013-14 season working with a basketball training program, organizing clinics and camps in Pittsburgh.
A standout at San Francisco State University from 1982-84, Sandle is a member of the school's athletic hall of fame. A two-time All-California North Conference selection, Sandle is the school's all-time career assist leader and ranks third in career steals (120). He also held the single-season assists record for seven years with 138 in 1983-84.
Sandle was a standout junior college performer at Cuesta College (1980-82), earning All-California and All-North Coast Conference honors. He played his final two seasons at San Francisco State (1982-84), where he earned his undergraduate degree in communications in 1987. Sandle began his basketball career at Los Angeles Crenshaw High School while playing for legendary prep coach Willie West. As a six-foot-one-inch guard, Sandle helped lead Crenshaw to back-to-back Los Angeles city championships.
Sandle and his wife have four sons.
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