Hall of Fame Inductee - Jim Sandercock
Jim Sandercock’s passion for the game never faded. It only grew stronger. A two-time team captain and team MVP while spending four years as a varsity letterwinner with the Quincy High School boys soccer program, Sandercock developed a knack for leading. He was a two-time all-sectional performer and an all-state selection in 1982 — one of three all-staters Quincy produced that season.
Along the way, Sandercock was selected to the Illinois Select U-16 team for the Olympic Development Program and took part in the Region II ODP tryouts.
Sandercock spent two years at Quincy College, getting named to the NAIA District 20 All-Area second team as a freshman when he started as a wing forward. After his second season, he left college and joined the U.S. Air Force and continued playing soccer while stationed in Germany.
When he returned to the states, Sandercock began coaching. He served as a coach in the Idaho ODP and for various club teams. He’s also coached at the high school and collegiate levels. He spent three years as the head coach at Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho, with his teams finishing third and fifth in the Idaho state tournament.
A move to Washington allowed Sandercock to serve as an assistant coach for two years at South Puget Sound Community College. Sandercock and his wife, Cassie, currently live in Georgia and have three sons — Ian, Cody and Brady.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hall of Fame selection committee for my induction into the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame. It is with great honor that I am being added to a long list of great athletes and teams who have already received this prestigious honor. I would like to thank my coaches from QHS — Dick Stewart, George “Sparky” Nelson, and John Schnieder — and from Quincy College — Jack Mackenzie, Elias Manassah and the late Frank Longo — for not just teaching me and my teammates the great game of soccer, but also instilling in us the importance of working hard and being responsible young adults.
I would like to thank my former teammates (since soccer is not an individual sport). If it weren’t for these great individuals being on the field I could not have accomplished the things that I did. I would also like to thank all of the fans and my teammates’ parents that traveled and supported our teams.
And lastly, I would like to give a big thanks to my mother and father (the late Karen and Dr. Don Sandercock), my brothers Don, Steve, Dave, and Jeff for all of their support and my wife Cassie, and three sons, Ian, Cody, and Brady for allowing me to continue my passion for the game in my coaching endeavors.
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