Patrick Sandle (pronounced san-dal), who prepped at Los Angeles Crenshaw HS and has 17 years of coaching experience at all levels, enters his second season on the UCLA staff. He joined the Bruins in July 2001, replacing Steve Spencer, who left after five years to take the head coaching position at Orange Coast College.
In 2001-02, Sandle helped lead UCLA to the NCAA "Sweet 16", the school’s fifth appearance in "Sweet 16" in the last six seasons and to UCLA’s 14th consecutive 20+game winning season.
Sandle during a five-year span served on Ben Howland’s staffs at Pittsburgh (1999-01) and Northern Arizona (1996-99). While at Pitt and Northern Arizona, he was responsible for guard-play, scouting, conditioning and player development, on-campus recruiting and academic progress. He also served as director of the schools’ summer basketball camps. In Sandle’s last season (2000-01) on the Pitt staff, the Panthers advanced to the NIT and while at Northern Arizona, the Lumberjacks were in the 1997 NIT and the 1998 NCAA Tournament and won back-to-back Big Sky Championships.
In all, Sandle comes to UCLA with 17 years of coaching experience at the high school, junior college, university and professional levels.
Including last season at UCLA, Sandle now has eight years of coaching experience at the Div. I level, with additional stops at Fresno State (1991-92) and Saint Mary’s College, CA (1990-91). He also has two years at the Div. II level, coaching at Sonoma State from 1994-96.
At the junior college level, Sandle coached at Santa Barbara City College (1989-90), Skyline College (1987-88) in San Bruno, CA and Cuesta College (1986-87) in San Luis Obispo, CA. Sandle also had a three- year stint at San Rafael, CA HS (1988-89/1992-94).
He began his basketball career in Los Angeles at Crenshaw HS under legendary prep coach Willie West. As a 6-1 senior starting guard in 1980, Sandle helped lead Crenshaw to the City Championship. Following high school, he was a standout performer at Cuesta College (1980-82, earning All-California and All-North Coast Conference honors) and San Francisco State (1982-84, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1987 and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame).
Sandle has playing and professional ties with Bruin head coach Steve Lavin and UCLA assistant Jim Saia. When Sandle was a junior (1982-83) and senior (1983-84) at San Francisco State, Lavin was a freshman and sophomore for the Gators. Saia and Sandle were together on the Fresno State staff in 1991-92.
"Patrick Sandle brings to us experience from all levels of coaching, including eight years in Div. I basketball," Lavin said. " He has helped prepare winning programs in tough conferences like the Pac-10, Big East and the WAC. He’s a great addition to our staff."
Sandle was born in Los Angeles, CA.