Bryn Mawr soccer is pleased to welcome Coach John Sanger to the staff. Joining the Owls in February, 2018, John comes to Bryn Mawr after an accomplished 5 year stint at West Chester Henderson High School as an assistant with the Women’s Varsity. During this time he headed up the team’s defensive efforts and helped guide 20 players to all-league status. The highlight of Coach Sanger’s time at Henderson was winning 3 consecutive league championships from 2015-2017. During this time the team recorded 27 shutouts and held their opponents to an average of less than one goal per game.
At the club level, Sanger has successfully coached both boys and girls teams for the past 20 years. In addition to helping players develop their skills and a love for the game, many of Coach Sanger’s former players have moved on to productive college careers. He currently coaches at Continental FC where he was named the club’s first boy’s coach of the year in 2016.
Coach Sanger has enjoyed playing soccer at a variety of levels throughout his life. He was part of the prestigious Delco Select program as a youth player and was a member of Strath Haven High School’s inaugural soccer team where he scored the first goal in the school’s history. Coach Sanger has enthusiastically participated in amateur leagues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Germany.
An active adult learner, Sanger holds several coaching degrees and licenses including the United Soccer Coaches Premier and Level 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas as well as a “C” and National Youth license from the United States Soccer Federation.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Coach Sanger majored in American History and minored in German Literature. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Widener University and is currently employed as a teacher with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
Coach Sanger and his wife Kathleen have lived in West Chester for over 20 years and have 3 sons (Andrew, Alex, and Ian). Andrew works at the Camphill Special School while both Alex (Ursinus College, 2019) and Ian (Ursinus College, 2022) are looking forward to playing in their first Centennial Conference game together as teammates this fall.