After a national search to identify our next head football coach, St. Anne’s-Belfield Athletics has selected a leader who will work to move our program to the next level while continuing to honor the history of the program.
Throughout this process, our search committee, made up of student-athletes, coaches, and administrators, met with a remarkable group of football coaches from across the country. In the end, one candidate rose to the top with his character development plan, knowledge of the game, and his vision to connect with the local and school community.
We are pleased to announce that Joseph “Joe” Sandoe will be the new head football coach at St. Anne’s-Belfield School.
“I am honored and extremely excited to lead the football program at St. Anne’s-Belfield School,” says Coach Sandoe. “Not only does the school have an excellent tradition of strong academics and athletics, but my family and I felt an overwhelming sense of community while on campus. I am humbled to follow John Blake who has successfully led the program for the last 25 years. His success is evidenced by the character his teams have shown and how they have competed with class. I am excited to bring my own style, energy, and values, and I hope to use St. Anne’s-Belfield football as a tool for developing our athletes, unifying our school community, and engaging the local city of Charlottesville.”
Coach Sandoe has spent the last eight years as a coach, administrator, and teacher in the Atlanta region, most recently serving as an assistant head coach, passing game coordinator, and wide receiver coach at Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC). In this role, Coach Sandoe played a critical role in four region championships and three state semi-final appearances, helping guide the Spartans to 49 wins in the last five seasons.
“Joe Sandoe is an intentional leader who seeks to challenge and serve student-athletes on and off the field,” says GAC Head Coach Tim Hardy. “I am confident that he will do an outstanding job of leading all aspects of the St. Anne’s-Belfield Football program with passion and purpose.”
The move to Charlottesville brings Coach Sandoe to the same city as UVA Assistant Coach Chris Slade, who was the head football coach at Pace Academy during the time Sandoe served as a running back and wide receiver coach from 2014-2017. During their tenure, the football team won the 2015 state championship, and had a player, Trey Blount, go on to play at UGA. “Joe was a great addition to my staff, always dependable, worked extremely hard and very knowledgeable about the game in all three phases,” says Coach Slade. “But most importantly he is an honest man who cares about the well being of the student-athlete. Looking forward to watching him do big things at STAB.”
Coach Sandoe received his B.S from Dickinson College, where he was a four-year member and three-year starter in the football program. He earned his M.S.E. in Science Education from Lebanon Valley College, and is expected to complete his coursework toward an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago this summer.
I am thrilled to welcome Coach Sandoe and his family to our Saints community. He has shown that championship level character development and championship level football are not only achievable, but complimentary. I look forward to the energy, hard work and commitment that Joe will bring to our program every day.
Director of Athletics