SPOKANE -- After a search that lasted nearly a month, Whitworth has its man.
The school introduced Rod Sandberg Tuesday afternoon, who becomes the Pirates' first new head coach since 1995.
Sandberg comes to Spokane from Wheaton College (Ill.) where he spent 19 seasons, including the last 11 as the Thunder defensive coordinator. His duties at Wheaton also included recruiting coordinator.
Sandberg is a Wheaton alum, who had no intention of leaving. That changed when he got into the interview process and visited Whitworth's campus. Sandberg credits the people as a big drawing point, and their shared values as a reason why this was a can't miss opportunity.
Wheaton led the College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin in scoring defense, allowing 14.3 points per game. The Thunder were also tops in yards allowed, at 267.4. Offensively he believes in having a balanced attack.
Sandberg takes over a program that went 4-6 (2-4) in 2013. He follows John Tully, who resigned November 19th after spending 19 seasons as the Pirates' head coach.