Cael Sanderson is a national collegiate wrestling champion and successful coach. Better known as Cael Sanderson, he is the current head coach of the Nittany Lions – the male wrestling team of Pennsylvania State University. His records as a wrestler in high school and college are flawless and the same can be said of his coaching career. Want to know more? read on…
Cael Sanderson Biography
Cael Sanderson was born Cael Norman Sanderson on June 20, 1979, in Provo, the third-largest city in Utah. His hometown is Heber City, Utah. Cael comes from a dynasty of wrestlers. His grandfather was a wrestler and so was his father. His father is Steve Norman Sanderson and was his coach and trainer alongside his three other brothers as he is the third child of three siblings. His brothers are Cole Sanderson, Cody Sanderson, and Cyler Sanderson who are all amateur wrestlers. Cael Sanderson attended Wasatch High School, Utah where he began his eventual glittering career in wrestling. He held an enviable record of 127 wins and just 3 losses in 130 high school bouts. He went to Iowa State University after graduation from high school in 1997 and his amateur wrestling career blossomed.
After graduating from Iowa State University in 2002, the best wrestler in college history in the US decided to become a wrestling coach like his father and was appointed the assistant coach of his alma mater’s wrestling team in 2004 after being a part of the athletic department for a while. He later got promoted to the position of head coach in 2007 before leaving for their rivals – the Pennsylvania State University – in 2010. Details of his career will be discussed below. In 2012, he got inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame for his contribution to the game.
A Look At Cael Sanderson’s Pre-Penn State Career
Cael Sanderson’s career story can be divided into two: his career before joining Pennsylvania State University and his career with them as their wrestling coach. Before Penn State, Cael had three successful seasons with the Iowa State University wrestling team – the Cyclones – as their coach. His career there began as a special assistant coach in the 2004/2005 season before he was promoted to be in charge of the team. For the three seasons, he was the head coach of the Cyclones, he led them to the National Championships twice (in the 2007/2008 and 2009/2010 season) with second and third finishers in the table respectively. He only fell short in the 2008/2009 season with a fifth-place finish and thus, losing out on qualification to the national championships. But in the two which they qualified, they won the national titles. His dual record for the three seasons were 13-3, 16-4, and 15-3 respectively while the Cyclones won the Big 12 Championship consecutively for those three seasons. They also received 15 All-American awards and not one of all his thirty wrestlers failed to qualify for the championships.
A career at Penn State
After three stellar seasons with the Iowa State wrestling team, Cael Sanderson was unveiled as the new wrestling head coach of the Penn State University wrestling team on April 17, 2009. Upon assuming the position, Cael continued his magnificent record only that it got even better. The Nittany Lions, as the wrestling team from the Penn State is called, has won five National Championships and Big 10 titles. His impact on the team was so immediate. The season before he came on board (2009/2010 season), the Nittany Lions had a dual record of 8-12-2 and were out of the top 10 teams in the national rankings but they ended with a record of 13-6-1 and a ninth-place finish in the 2010/2011 season.
He has been nine seasons so far and his magic touch has been in full glare. The Nittany Lions (under Cael Sanderson) have been a better side, winning 7 team titles in his nine years at the helm. Their other achievements under him include – the All-Americans award (51), National Champions (20), Southern Scuffle titles (7 consecutively), Big Ten Championships (5), NCAA Championships (7), B1G dual meet titles (5), Gorriaran winners (4), Hodge Trophy Winners (3), NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestlers (3), CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (1), NCAA Elite 89 winner (1) and NCAA Top 10 Award winner (1).
Cael Sanderson Salary And Net Worth
Cael’s present salary is not known but it’s opined that owing to his success at his job, the annual paycheck must be a bumper one. Between 2012 to 2017, he received a base annual salary of $175,000. That contract expired on June 1, 2017. After negotiations, a new bumper contract had been agreed but the details were not revealed. Cael’s current salary and net worth may not be known, but we can tell you it’s really impressive.
Cael Sanderson Married Life – Wife
The highly successful wrestling coach is a very private person and loves to keep his personal affairs under wraps. The only information shared on the internet about him are those of his activities as a wrestler which he has no control over but about the private, those remain private with just a few leaks.
Cael Sanderson is married and blessed with a beautiful family. He got married to Kelly in 2002 in a romantic ceremony. Their union has produced two kids, both boys named Tate Sanderson and Teag Sanderson. The wrestling star gushes over his wife, says she is the perfect wife for him. He says she has been nothing but a great support to him and his career in their almost two decades together.
Quick Facts – Body Measurements, Horoscope
Name: Cael Norman Sanderson
Nickname: Cael Sanderson
Profession: Wrestling coach
Birthdate: June 20, 1979
Birthplace: Heber City, Utah
Spouse: Kelly Sanderson
Height: 7ft 2in (1.83m)
Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Bald
Net worth: N/A