Board takes no action on Sanders’ resignation — Chico AD suspended with pay

By Reece Waddell | Published Thursday, March 28, 2019.
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Updated 10:58 a.m. 

After nearly two hours in closed session Wednesday night, Chico ISD trustees took no action on the resignation of athletic director and head football coach Clayton Sanders.

Clayton Sanders

Chico Superintendent Don Elsom declined to comment on the situation after the meeting. Thursday morning, he confirmed Sanders and his assistant, defensive coordinator Matthew Sawyer, were suspended with pay pending a personnel investigation.

Trustee Brian Hand said a complaint was lodged by a coach against Sanders and Sawyer regarding their coaching tactics. He added the board was not made aware of Sanders’ resignation until Wednesday night’s meeting.

Sanders has been with the district since 2017. He first served as an assistant before being hired to replace Lane Wilson last March.

In Sanders’ first and only season as head coach, Chico went 5-6 and advanced to the bi-district round of the playoffs before falling to Hawley.

“Rumors are going to be rumors,” Sanders said in a phone interview Monday regarding his resignation. “You’re going to have all kinds of rumors out there. I don’t live my life on rumors. I live my life on facts. The proof is in the pudding. Those kids know and those families know I gave them everything I had. The fact of the matter is, it’s time. Whether I leave kicking or screaming, it’s just time.”

Elsom said Chico High School principal, Randy Brawner, will serve as the acting athletic director for the high school until a new athletic director is hired. Monte Sewell will serve as the acting athletic director for the middle school.

This story will be updated as more information is made available. 

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