Leah van der Sanden

16-1 Green - Assistant Coach

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Coach Fun Facts

  • Bilingual
  • Has dual citizenship (Netherlands and USA)
  • Terrified of birds
  • Designs and builds furniture as a hobby
  • Allergic to bananas

Coach Bio

This season (2024-2025) Leah van der Sanden is the assistant coach for Roots Volleyball’s top 16s team – 16-1 Green.

Leah was born in Denver, Colorado and attended Cherokee Trail High School. During her junior season she led her team to a first-place finish at Colorado’s 5A State Championship. She earned honors as MIP and then MVP her senior season. Leah graduated in 2017 and continued her education and playing career at Illinois Tech and Eindhoven University of Technology.

Leah led her Illinois Tech and Eindhoven University of Technology team to the Netherlands Nevobo Division 2 Championship with team HAJRAA. She graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and she minored in Sustainability. Leah graduated cum laude with an award in visual excellence.

Last season Leah was the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s 14-4 Mesquite and led them to a top 10 finish at Lone Star Regionals. Previously she served one season as an assistant coach for the men’s promotion class in the Netherlands.

Leah currently works as an architectural designer and lives in Austin. This is Leah’s second season coaching with the Roots Volleyball family.