John Sanow begins his fourth season as head coach of the men's basketball program at Bloomsburg in 2009-10. Overall, Sanow has 20 years of experience with previous coaching stops at the University of Vermont along with Division II schools Gannon University and Pitt-Johnstown. He also spent 11 years as an assistant coach at Division I St. Francis of Pennsylvania.
In his first season with the Huskies Sanow guided the Huskies to a mark of 13-14, an improvement of seven wins from the previous season and the first time since 2001-02 that the team reached double figures in wins.
Sanow won his first six games as coach and had the team nationally ranked for the first time in several years. He also closed out the season winning four of the final five games and just missed out on a berth in the PSAC playoffs. Also, the eight wins the Huskies recorded at the Nelson Field House were the most since the team won 10 in 2000-01.
A native of Windber, Pa. , who is well connected in basketball in the East, Sanow is a 1987 graduate of Indiana (Pa.) University. After transferring from Clarion University in 1984, he led IUP in scoring and was a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team selection in 1986. He also set numerous three-point shooting records for the Indians.
At Vermont in 2005-06 he was part of a new coaching staff that led the least-experienced team in the nation in D-I (no seniors, two, juniors, five sophomores and seven freshmen) to the America East Championship game for the fourth straight season. The sixth-seeded Catamounts (13-17, 7-9 America East) topped #3 Boston University and #2 Binghamton before falling at top-seeded Albany in the title game.
While at St. Francis (Pa.), he was an integral part of the Red Flash winning the 1991 Northeast Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. In 1992 he also was an assistant coach for the Panama Men's Olympic Team in its attempt to qualify for the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. While at St. Francis he coached Mike Iuzzolino, who went on to the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks.
Sanow is the 21st coach in what will be the 108th season of Bloomsburg University men's basketball competition.