Meet Tanner Sandberg, a 2nd-year guard for the Coyotes and 2nd-year Human Kinetics student at the College. A lifelong student-athlete, it was only a matter of time before Tanner transitioned from high school to college level athletics. Born and raised in Fort St. John, Tanner was a multisport athlete, excelling both in volleyball and basketball. While sports have always been in his DNA, his interest in Human Kinetics was peaked early in high school after a body science course. Tanner was originally a three-sport athlete with hockey, volleyball, and basketball but like many sports, Tanner didn’t like the culture of hockey as it became too political and he fell out of love with it. An all-star in both his remaining sports (basketball & volleyball), Tanner decided to put playing post-secondary basketball as the target to aim for in grade 10.
Tanner’s parents and sister are all basketball players, so it was only a matter of time before Tanner picked up a ball. The MVP of his high school zone basketball tournament, Tanner had a chance to play post-secondary basketball in Grande Prairie but the coach who fostered his interest in the program took a leave of absence; leaving a big question mark on the club. Despite the appeal of playing for Grande Prairie, Okanagan College eventually won out. Tanner says it was the people at OC that was the biggest draw as Dino had a similar coaching style as the high school coach who initially instilled Tanner’s passion for the game. Choosing such a competitive team isn’t easy as Tanner had to join a competitive team and fight for a starting spot which is a mental challenge. However, Tanner has toughened his mentality going into this new PacWest season, confident he can excel on this level. He knows eyes will be on the team but is extremely proud to be part of the inaugural program at Okanagan College.
With the support of his family and entering the season with a new mindset, don’t be surprised to see Tanner contributing big time to the Coyotes inaugural PacWest season. You’ll see Tanner around the Okanagan and Penticton campuses this year as he works towards a Human Kinetics degree and PacWest Championship! Catch Tanner and the rest of the Coyotes November 2nd as they start their PacWest campaign against Camosun College!