The post-season berth marked the first back-to-back trips to the big dance for Salisbury since the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.
During the 2015-16 season, Salisbury went 21-7 for just the sixth 20-win campaign in program history, while posting a 13-5 record in Capital Athletic Conference play -- the second most league wins in program history. Salisbury was the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament and advanced to the title game. The Sea Gulls finished the year with the second-best scoring defense in Division III basketball, surrendering just 60.8 points per game, while grabbing 283 steals (11th in the nation). Junior Gordon Jeter was named to the All-CAC First Team, marking the 13th first-team selection in program history.
A Salisbury alumnus, Sachs spent the previous six seasons prior to coming back to Salisbury as the head men’s basketball coach and head men’s tennis coach at Bethany (W.V.) College. At Bethany, Sachs led the Bison to a 117-49 overall record and the team qualified for the postseason every year, including consecutive Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament championships and NCAA tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012.
Sachs’s 2010-2011 Bethany team won three games in the PAC tournament, including two straight road wins over Saint Vincent College in the semifinals and Thiel College in the tournament championship. The following season, Sachs led the Bison to a 25-4 overall record — a program record — including a 14-2 mark in conference play. That season, as the conference regular season champion, the Bison hosted three consecutive playoff games, knocking off Thomas More College in the tournament championship, 58-53. The Bison had to travel to St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament, falling to the Seahawks, 69-57.
Sachs left Bethany as the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage. He coached eight all-conference players, three of whom were all-region honorees, including Nick Wilcox and Delonte Joyce, who were both named PAC Player of the Year. In his tenure, Sachs was responsible for half of the program’s all-time postseason wins. Other notable accomplishments during his six years in West Virginia include a win over the highest-ranked opponent in program history (No. 9 John Carroll University in 2010), the highest national ranking in program history at the conclusion of the 2012 regular season (No. 20 by D3hoops.com), and his 2013-2014 team led the nation in steals per game with 12.3 swipes — also a school record.
Prior to Bethany, Sachs spent five seasons at The College of The Holy Cross as the top assistant for Ralph Willard. At Holy Cross, Sachs helped instrument a 12-win turnaround in his first year. The Crusaders finished that season with 25 wins, including a 16-game winning streak — the second longest winning streak in program history. The Crusaders went on to beat the University of Notre Dame on the road in the NIT, the first-ever postseason win for a Patriot League team. In 2007, the Crusaders won both the Patriot League regular season and conference tournament championships and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament. That team also finished in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense. In Sachs’s five seasons in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Crusaders played in four Patriot League title games. Sachs helped develop five first-team all-conference players, including Kevin Hamilton and Keith Simmons, who were both named the Patriot League Player of the Year.
From 2001-2004, Sachs was the top assistant at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland. During that same time, he was a grassroots consultant for the And 1 Corporation in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. At Spalding, Sachs helped Head Coach Mike Glick lead the Crusaders to two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Conference (MIAA) ‘A’ Conference championships. The 2003 and 2004 editions of the Crusaders were led by current Sacramento King Rudy Gay. In three seasons, Spalding averaged 28 wins. Sachs helped develop 10 Division I players, as well as six others who went on to continue their careers in college.
Prior to his stop at Spalding, Sachs spent five seasons under Gary Edwards as the associate head coach at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP won 98 games in Sachs’s five years, including an East Region championship and Elite Eight appearance in 2000. Sachs was responsible for the recruitment and development of eight first-team all-conference players, including Rodney Horton (All-American), Dennis Mims, and Mike Beckles, all of whom were named the PSAC Player of the Year.
Sachs was an assistant men’s basketball coach, head men’s tennis coach, and sports information director at Virginia Wesleyan College from 1992-1996. At Virginia Wesleyan, Sachs assisted current University of Texas-Dallas Head Coach Terry Butterfield. In Sachs’s four years in Norfolk, Virginia, the Marlins won their first ODAC championship in 1993. Sachs recruited Jason Nickerson and Ron Yuhasz, both of whom were named ODAC Player of the Year.
Prior to his time at Virginia Wesleyan, Sachs spent five years as Ward Lambert’s top assistant here at Salisbury. He helped build the Sea Gulls into a national title contender. The 1989-1990 edition of the Sea Gulls led the nation in scoring at 104.5 points per game. The following two seasons, Salisbury advanced to the NCAA tournament, reaching the Elite Eight in 1992. The Sea Gulls finished that season with 28 wins — a school record. The Sea Gulls, who won 27 straight games — another program record — finished the season ranked second in the country. Sachs also recruited six first-team all-conference players and three CAC Players of the Year: Dameon Ross, Kyle Jefferson, and Casey Musick. Sachs coached and helped develop Andre Foreman, a two-time first-team All-American, the 1992 National Player of the Year, and Division III’s all-time leading scorer.
Overall, in his 25 years of coaching at the college level, Sachs has coached 43 all-league players, 12 of whom were the conference Player of the Year, 11 All-Americans, and 12 players who have continued their careers professionally overseas.