11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
Football, track and field
Sanger’s tireless efforts helped build a track and field powerhouse at Central. An all-Iowa Conference performer in football and track and field in college, Sanger continued to have an impact in both sports as a coach for 14 years. The Sanger name was an integral part of Central athletics throughout the past two decades as Kevin was the oldest of four brothers from Britt, Iowa who were football and track standouts at the college as well. He starred at defensive end and helped Central compile a 36-5 record with two league titles and two NCAA playoff berths. Sanger was also a conference placewinner in the shot put and discus, helping the Dutch win three conference men’s track and field crowns.
After earning a master’s degree at Iowa State University, Sanger returned to Central in 1994, serving as assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach for a year before taking over as head men’s coach in 1995. He became head women’s coach as well in 2000 and served as assistant football coach for 14 seasons.
A relentless recruiter, Sanger piloted Central to five conference men’s track titles and was named the league’s coach of the year six times, guiding the Dutch to top-10 national team finishes in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In his final 10 years, Sanger’s men’s and women’s outdoor squads recorded 11 national top-25 team finishes, with the men reaching third place in 2000 and the women climbing as high as 14th in 2004. His athletes claimed 10 individual NCAA national championships and received All-America recognition more than 90 times.
In 2001, Sanger received a presidential service standard award for his work for the college. After leaving Central he earned his doctoral degree at Iowa State.