Edward Sands begins his first season as the head coach for outdoor track and field at Evangel. Sands is also an assistant coach for the Crusader football team where he serves as the defensive backs coach and community liaison.
Prior to his time at Evangel, he was on the coaching staff at Branson High School in 2011 and 2012 helping the Pirates advance in the Class 5 state playoffs in both years.
Sands was one of the most decorated and versatile players in Evangel history on the gridiron. He was a four-time All-Heart of America conference performer playing wide receiver for three seasons before moving to defensive back.
Sands left the program seventh in all-time career receiving touchdowns with 16, ninth in receiving yards with 1,435 and 11th in receptions with 86. He collected that total in three seasons before moving to defense in his senior year. In his lone season defensively, Sands was a 2nd team All-Heart selection finishing with 60 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass break-ups.
He and his wife Ashley reside in Springfield with their son, Ronan.