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Whitworth names Rod Sandberg new football coach

Defensive coordinator from Division III Wheaton will replace John Tully

The Spokesman-Review

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Whitworth announced Monday the hiring of Rod Sandberg as its next football coach to replace John Tully.

Whitworth chose Sandberg, a defensive coordinator from Division III Wheaton College, over fellow finalists Chris Tormey, who is from Spokane and has head coaching experience at Idaho and Nevada; and John Sala, who is coach at Louisburg (N.C.) College.

Tormey is scheduled to interview Wednesday for the vacant job at Central Washington University.

Sandberg replaces Tully, who resigned last month after winning his 100th game, which is the most in Whitworth history. Tully coached 19 years and finished 100-83.


Mark McLaughlin, a former star at Kenmore’s Inglemoor High, had 21 points and Juanita’s JB Pillard scored 20 as Central Washington (4-4) routed the visiting Quest Kermodes of Squamish, B.C., 111-59 in a men’s basketball game.

Jasmine Parker had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Jessica VanDyke scored 19 to help the Central Washington women’s basketball team (5-4) to a 72-68 victory over visiting Hawaii Pacific (4-2). The teams play again Tuesday.

• Northwest University’s Domi Mendezona has been chosen as the Cascade Conference women’s basketball Player of the Week.

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