1986 Elite Eight Team To Be Honored At Halftime Of the Lafayette Game
Four of the top eight scorers in school history will play in the game
Comes to Navy after two successful years at Princeton.
Navy men's basketball head coach Ed DeChellis sits down with Pete Medhurst to discuss the 2012-13 basketball season.
Photo gallery of Navy vs. Bucknell on Feb. 27, 2016. The game was Senior Day for Will Kelly, Tilman Dunbar and Kendall Knorr.
Photo gallery of the Army-Navy game from Feb. 20, 2016.
Photos of Navy's 67-59 win over Army on Feb. 7.
Navy MBB vs. Army (Feb. 16, 2013)
Navy MBB vs. Binghamton (Nov. 14, 2012)
In 2015-16, Saunders helped Navy post its most wins in seven years with the team's 19-14 record. Navy was 9-9 in the Patriot League and finished in a four-way tie for fourth place. Navy's six-win improvement from the 2014-15 season ranked as the fourth-best improvement from one year to the next in program history. Navy also set a program record for most road wins in a season with 11. It was the fourth straight season that Navy increased its overall and conference win total.
Navy's defensive efforts were a key to the team's success in 2015-16. Navy led the Patriot League in scoring defense (64.7) and field goal percentage defense (.413). Will Kelly was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and was also named to the all-league second team. Tilman Dunbar was named to the All-Patriot League Third Team.
In 2014-15, Saunders helped the Midshipmen win 13 games, which was a four-win improvement from the previous season, and Navy doubled its conference win total to eight victories. Saunders also helped Navy win three games over Army in the 2014-15 season, including in the Patriot League Tournament. Navy had just 12.2 turnovers per game, which was the second-lowest total in school history.
In 2013-14, Saunders helped Navy improve its win total for the second straight season and the team doubled its conference win total from the previous season. Navy ranked 57th in the country in scoring defense and had the third-lowest turnover total in school history.
In 2012-13, the Midshipmen improved by five wins from the previous season, ranking as the ninth-best single-season improvement in school history. Saunders played a vital role in game-planning and was instrumental in the development of Navy's youngsters as the freshman class set the school record for percentage of points scored by a freshman class in a season.
An outstanding recruiter who works tirelessly on the road, Saunders has injected young talent in the program at Navy, lending a hand in the recruitment of several members of Navy's roster.
Prior to his arrival at Navy, Saunders spent the previous two seasons at Princeton, where he served as the director of basketball operations. Saunders helped the Tigers to the 2011 Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, where Princeton would lose in the second round to eventual Final Four participant Kentucky, 57-53. During the 2011-12 season, Princeton finished with a 20-12 record, reached the CBI Tournament quarterfinals and finished third in the Ivy League with a 10-4 league mark.
Prior to his arrival at Princeton, Saunders served as an assistant coach at Army during the 2006-10 seasons, spending five years under former Army head coach Jim Crews.
Saunders arrived at West Point following a two-year stint at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., where he was a member of Webb Hatch's staff. During his last year at Frostburg State, the Bobcats compiled a 14-12 mark. Prior to his tenure at Frostburg, Saunders spent four years as the top assistant at Hunter College in New York City, where he coordinated the team's recruiting efforts, monitored players' academic progress and managed the preseason conditioning program.
A 1998 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Fla., Saunders earned a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in physical education. He played point guard and served as the team captain during his senior season. Saunders embarked upon his coaching career immediately upon graduation, serving a one-year stint as an assistant basketball coach at his scholastic alma mater, Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md., before moving on to Hunter College.
Saunders, an assistant coach for the Gotham City Knights of the National Rookie League during the summer of 2000, has also been a counselor at a host of summer camps, including the heralded Five-Star Camp.
Saunders and his wife Janice have two sons, Alexavier (9) and Hezekiah (7).
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