Title: Assistant Coach
Ann Arbor native Patrick Wilkes-Krier begins his third season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan men's golf program following a successful 12-year collegiate and professional career.
In his two seasons with the Wolverines, Wilkes-Krier helped U-M to nine top-5 finishes with two team titles -- 2016 Dayton Flyer Invitational and 2017 Desert Mountain Intercollegiate. Assisting U-M head coach Chris Whitten, the Wolverines earned a team bid to the 2017 Washington Regional and an individual bid (Kyle Mueller) to the 2018 Columbus Regional, which he won to advance to the NCAA Finals.
During an eight-year professional career, Wilkes-Krier competed primarily on the National Golf Association Tour (Hooters Tour) as well as playing in several events on the Web.com Tour and other mini-tours throughout the country. In 2011, he was named the NGA Hooters Tour Most Improved Player.
Following his professional career, he became an instructor in 2015 at the Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf outside of Ann Arbor, Mich. He serves as the director/instructor of the elite junior program, where he teaches and mentors middle- and high-school golfers.
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Wilkes-Krier played locally at Huron High School, earning All-State Super Team honors as a senior (2003) and won the Michigan Junior Amateur Match Play Championship before moving on to the collegiate ranks.
A four-year varsity letterwinner and starter at Ball State (2003-06), he was a two-time captain as a junior and senior. A two-time All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) selection, he holds the Ball State record for the lowest 54-hole score as well as the First Energy Intercollegiate Tournament record with his 15-under par 201 total winning medalist honors at the famed Firestone Golf Club. Wilkes-Krier continues to rank third in school history with a 74.01 career scoring average.
Off the course at Ball State, he was twice named to the prestigious Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar team and was a two-time Academic All-MAC first team selection. He earned Ball State's Earl Yestingsmeier Student-Athlete Award in 2006 as a graduating senior who excels in the areas of academics, athletics and community involvement. In addition, he was honored with the MAC's President's Award, recognizing a graduating senior student-athlete who achieved a 3.5 minimum accumulative grade-point average.
Before turning professional, he won the 2006 GAM Championship at the Dearborn Country Club and was the runner-up at the 2005 Michigan Amateur Championship at the Muskegon Country Club. In 2016, he joined current Wolverine Kyle Mueller in qualifying for the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.
He and his wife, Whitney, have two daughters, Azalea and Muse.
Title: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jon Sanderson has been the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Michigan men's and women's golf programs as well as the U-M basketball team since 2009.
Regarded as one of the top golf/basketball strength and conditioning coaches in the business, Sanderson is the only strength and conditioning coach in NCAA history to participate in a Final Four as a player (Ohio State in 1999) and a coach (Michigan in 2013 & 2018).
Sanderson's work with the U-M men's golf program has yielded eight NCAA postseason appearances with five team and three individual as well as a top 10 finish at the NCAA Finals in 2011 (t-10th). In additional to postseason successes, the Maize and Blue has collected 42 top-five team finishes with six titles and 15 individual medalist honors. Sanderson has been instrumental in the development of All-America golfers Lion Kim (2011) and Kyle Mueller (2017) as well as All-Big Ten golfers Kim (2010, '11), Matt Thompson (2010, '12), Chris O'Neill (2014), and Mueller (2015, '16, '17, and '18).
Additionally, with the help of Sanderson's program, Kim compete in the 2011 Masters, while Mueller played in the 2016 U.S. Open and three straight U.S, Amateur Championship (2015, '16, '17) and Nick Carlson, a semifinalist at the 2016 U.S. Amateur.
With the women's golf program, Sanderson has five NCAA regional appearances -- four team and one individual. In 2016, the women's team advanced to the program's second ever trip to the NCAA Finals finishing tied for 18th. The following year, the Wolverines repeated the feat advancing again and tying for 16th -- the highest finish in U-M history.
Individually, Sanderson's work with Elodie Van Dievoet helped propel her to the program's first Big Ten Championship with a record-setting 210 (-6) performance helping her earn the program's first women's golf All-America honor. Sanderson has also been instrumental in the development of All-Big Ten golfers Ashley Bauer (2010), Yugene Lee (2012), Grace Choi (2016), Catherine Peters (2016) and Van Dievoet (2017).
Before joining the Michigan staff, Sanderson spent three years (2006-09) working at Clemson as the men's and women's basketball strength and conditioning coach, as well as the director of the Littlejohn Coliseum weight room. During Sanderson's time at Clemson, the men's basketball team won 20 or more games for three straight seasons -- a first in program history. Also, during those three seasons, only North Carolina and Duke had more wins than Clemson in the ACC.
Prior to his time at Clemson, he served as the head strength and conditioning coach and sports nutrition coordinator for Olympic sports at Marshall University (2003-06). Before heading to Marshall, Sanderson was a strength and conditioning intern at North Carolina, working with the men's basketball program (2002-03).
Throughout Sanderson's career with the U-M basketball program, he has trained 11 student-athletes that have gone on to play professional basketball in the NBA, including Michigan's Darius Morris, Manny Harris, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, Caris LeVert, D.J. Wilson, Derrick Walton, Jr. and Moritz Wagner.
Sanderson received both his bachelor's in communication (2001) and master's in recreation and sport sciences (2002) from Ohio University. Sanderson's professional certifications include Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA); Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCa); Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA); United States Weightlifting Level 1 Club Coach (USAW); Functional Movement Systems Level 1 (FMS); Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 (TPI); and CPR/AED Certified (American Red Cross).
A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Sanderson played college basketball at Ohio State University (1997-99) and Ohio University (2000-02). Sanderson was the starting small forward on Ohio State's 1999 Final Four team.
Sanderson and his wife Jennifer (Sessor) have three children, Jonathan and twins, Joshua and Jillian, and reside in Saline, Michigan.