Al Sandifer is in his sixth season as the Siena Heights men’s and women’s golf coach. Sanidfer led the men’s golf team to a WHAC Championship in 2015. Previously in his career, he was the SHU men’s golf coach, the men’s basketball coach, and the softball coach.
Before taking over the golf programs, Sandifer coached as the Saints’ head basketball coach for four years after serving as interim head coach in 2006-07. In his four years, Sandifer led the Saints to a 61-64 overall record and 25-33 slate in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Sandifer came to the Saints in 1976 as a freshman basketball recruit and has been a part of Siena Heights Athletics for parts of five decades. In 1978, he was named Siena Heights College’s Athlete of the Year. He was elected the Team MVP of the Saints after the 1977-78 season.
In 1991, Sandifer took the Siena Heights softball team to the NAIA Tournament and is still the winningest coach in the softball program’s history with 271 wins during his 10-year tenure. During his time as the softball coach, Sandifer was named NAIA District 23 Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year. The Saints won three out of the four possible WHAC Championships (conference began in 1992) and Sandifer was named WHAC Coach of the Year three times.
Sandifer also spent three years at Adrian High School where he compiled a 52-18 record as the boys’ basketball coach. He was named Lenawee County Coach of the Year in 1999.
Sandifer served as an assistant coach for the SHU men’s basketball program for 20 seasons prior to taking on the head job. He is also currently the business manager for the athletic department.
Sandifer runs the highly respected “Camp of Champions” each summer and founded the “Hoopster” program, which brings over 800 youngsters to campus each year.
Sandifer and his wife Tami have two children, Christie and Curtis, and two grandchildren, Cole and Casten.
Sandifer’s son Curtis is a member of the United States Army’s Third Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the “Old Guard,” which is responsible for guarding the tombs of the unknown soldiers.