Cael Sanderson is a national Collegiate Wrestling Champion and successful trainer. Better known as Cael Sanderson, he is the current head coach of the Nittany Lions – the Pennsylvania State University male wrestling team. His high school and college wrestling credentials are impeccable, and the same can be said of his coaching career. Do you want to know more? Read on…
Cael Sanderson Bio
Cael Sanderson was born on June 20, 1979, as Cael Norman Sanderson 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 trainer and caretaker along with his three other brothers since 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 in Utah, where he began his colorful career in wrestling. He held an enviable record of 127 wins and only 3 defeats in 130 high school fights. After graduating high school in 1997, he went on to Iowa State University and his amateur wrestling career flourished.
After graduating from Iowa State University in 2002, the best wrestler in college history in the United States decided to become a wrestling coach like his father and was appointed assistant coach of the wrestling team at his alma mater in 2004 after being a member of the athletics department for a while. He was later promoted to head coach in 2007 before moving on to rival – Pennsylvania State University – in 2010. Details of his career are discussed below. In 2012, he was inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame for his contribution to the game.
Cael Sanderson Career
A Look At Cael Sanderson’s Pre-Penn State Career
Cael Sanderson’s career history can be divided into two parts: his career before joining Pennsylvania State University and his career with them as their wrestling coach. Prior to his time at Penn State University, Cael Sanderson had three successful seasons with Iowa State University’s 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 head of the team. In the three seasons, he was head coach of the Cyclones, he led them to the National Championships twice (in the 2007/2008 and 2009/2010 seasons), finishing second and third in the standings respectively. It was not until the 2008/2009 season that he dropped back to fifth place, thus losing the qualification for the National Championships. However, he won the national titles in the two qualifiers. His double record for the three seasons was 13:3, 16:4, and 15:3 respectively, while the Cyclones won the Big 12 championship in a row for these three seasons. They also received 15 All-American awards, and not a single one of his thirty wrestlers failed to qualify for the championships.
A career at Penn State
After three outstanding seasons with the Iowa State Wrestling Team, Cael Sanderson was introduced as the new head coach of the Penn State Unversity Wrestling Team on April 17, 2009. After assuming this position, Cael continued his great performance, only it got even better. The Nittany Lions, as the wrestling team from Penn State is known, have won five national championships and Big 10 titles. His influence on the team was so immediate. In the season before he came on board (season 2009/2010), the Nittany Lions had a double record of 8-12-2 and were in the top 10 in the national rankings, but they ended up with a record of 13-6-1 and a ninth place in the 2010/2011 season.
He has completed nine seasons so far and his magic touch was in full glory. The Nittany Lions (under Cael Sanderson) were a better team and won seven team titles in their nine years at the top. Their other successes under him include the All-Americans Award (51), National Champions (20), Southern Scuffle title (7 in a row), Big Ten Championships (5), NCAA Championships (7), B1G Dual Meet title (5), Gorriaran winner (4), Hodge Trophy winners (3), NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestlers (3), CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (1), NCAA Elite 89 winners (1) and NCAA Top 10 Award winners (1).
Salary And Net Worth
Cael’s current salary is not known, but it is believed that due to his success in his job, the annual paycheck must be very high. Between 2012 and 2017, he received an annual base salary of $175,000. This contract expired on 1 June 2017. After negotiations, a new record contract was agreed upon, but the details were not disclosed. Call’s current salary and net worth may not be known, but we can tell you it is truly impressive.
Cael Sanderson Married Life – Wife
The highly successful ring trainer is a very private person and loves to keep his personal matters under wraps. The only information shared about him on the internet is that of his activities as a wrestler, over which he has no control, but the private ones, which remain private with only a few leaks.
Cael Sanderson is married and blessed with a beautiful family. He married Kelly in a romantic ceremony in 2002. Their union produced two children, both boys are named Tate Sanderson and Teag Sanderson. The wrestling star raves about his wife, saying that she is the perfect wife for him. He says she has been nothing but a great support to him and his career in the almost two decades they have lived 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