Brandon Sanders named Sugar Skulls assistant; Pueblo hires Jake Allen

Brandon Sanders (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Former University of Arizona standout Brandon Sanders will be coaching the defensive backs of the Tucson Sugar Skulls according to a release put out by the Tucson franchise of the Indoor Football League (IFL) on Monday.

Sanders was a major part of the famed “Desert Swarm” defense before playing with the Giants in the NFL. More recently, Sanders earned the Vern Friedli Head Coach of the Year Award for his final season with the Pueblo Warriors.

Sanders led Pueblo from 2014 to 2019.

Former Arizona tight end Glenn Howell is the strength and conditioning coach for the Sugar Skulls. Pueblo hired former Ironwood Ridge standout and Mountain View assistant Jake Allen to replace Sanders.



Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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