UND Staff

Mike Sanford

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks



Hometown: Lexington, Virginia

High School: Penn High School (1996-98); Los Alamitos High School (1998-2000)

College: Boise State (Political Science, 2005)

Wife: Anne-Marie

Children: Daughter – Peyton; Son – Gunnar


2000-04 Boise State Quarterback


2002 Boise State (Humanitarian)

2003 Boise State (Fort Worth)

2004 Boise State (Liberty)


2005 UNLV Offensive Graduate Assistant/Specialists/Assistant Quarterbacks

2006 UNLV Offensive Graduate Assistant/Specialists/Assistant Quarterbacks

2007 Stanford Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks

2008 Stanford Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks

2009 Yale Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends/Fullbacks

2010 Western Kentucky Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2011 Stanford Running Backs

2012 Stanford Recruiting Coordinator/Running Backs

2013 Stanford Recruiting Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

2014 Boise State Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2015-16 Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks


2011 Stanford (Fiesta)

2012 Stanford (Rose)

2013 Stanford (Rose)

2014 Boise State (Fiesta)

2015 Notre Dame (Fiesta)


  • Father, Mike Sanford, was the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame for three years (1996-98)
  • Played on four bowl teams during his Boise State career and Broncos compiled a combined 54-9 record


  • Second season as the Irish offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016
  • Helped an Irish offense to 466.4 yards of total offense per game in 2015, including three games with over 500 yards of total offense (Texas, UMass and Stanford)
  • Irish averaged more yards of total offense per game just once (2005) since setting the school record of 510.5 yards of total offense per game (1970)
  • Notre Dame averaged 34.2 points per game, not far off of the school record of 37.6 set in 1968 and its best average since 2005 when the Irish posted 36.7 points per game
  • Critical in the development of first-year starting quarterback DeShone Kizer — who took over following the season-ending injury to Malik Zaire in the second game of the year
  • Kizer threw for 2,884 yards and 21 touchdowns (in 13 games and 11 starts)
  • Kizer added 520 yards rushing and a quarterback school record 10 TD runs
  • In single-season school history, Kizer ranked fourth in completion percentage (63.0), seventh in passing efficiency (150.0), seventh in TD passes, seventh in passing yards, tied for seventh in 300-yard passing games (two), eighth in completions (211), ninth in pass attempts (335) and 10th in passing yards per game (221.8)
  • Served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Boise State in 2014
  • Helped the Broncos to a 12-2 record, Mountain West Conference championship and Fiesta Bowl victory over Pacific-12 South champion Arizona
  • Guided a Boise State offense that qualified as one of five FBS schools in 2014 that ranked among the top 30 in the nation in all four major offensive statistical categories (scoring, total offense, passing offense and rushing offense)
  • Helped the Broncos rank 17th in the FBS in red-zone offense — making Boise State the lone FBS program in 2014 to rank among the top 30 in scoring, total offense, red-zone offense, passing offense and rushing offense
  • Tutored Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick to a record-setting season in 2014
  • Hedrick led the FBS in completion percentage (.708), ranked seventh in passing yards per attempt (8.91), ninth in passing efficiency (157.20), 13th in passing yardage (3,696) and 14th in total offense (306.3 yards per game)
  • Balanced the Broncos attack with a dominant rushing attack led by record-setting running back Jay Ajayi
  • Helped Ajayi (who led the FBS in scoring with 13.7 points per game) become the only player in FBS history to record 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season
  • Guided Ajayi to Boise State single-season records for rushing yards (1,823), rushing TDs (28), all-purpose yards (2,358) and carries (347)
  • Spent five seasons at Stanford over two different coaching stints (2007-08 and 2011-13)
  • Coached the Cardinal running backs in 2011 and 2012 and then Stanford’s quarterbacks and wide receivers in 2013
  • Served as the Cardinal’s recruiting coordinator in each of his final two seasons when Stanford put together back-to-back top 20 national recruiting classes, including a top-five class in 2012
  • Twenty-three members of the Cardinal’s 2012-13 signing classes were rated in the top 25 nationally at their respective positions by various services
  • Twenty-two Stanford signees were rated at least four stars by various recruiting services, including six five-star selections, and 20 were selected to play in prep All- America games
  • Helped Stanford capture Pacific-12 championships in both 2012 and 2013, and make back-to-back appearances in the Rose Bowl
  • Part of the Cardinal staff that also led Stanford to the 2012 Fiesta Bowl
  • Coached a Cardinal rushing attack in 2011 that ranked 18th in the FBS (210.6 yards per game) — a major reason Stanford finished the season ranked seventh nationally in scoring (43.2 points per game) and eighth nationally in total offense (489.3 yards per game)
  • Tutored 2012 Doak Walker Award semifinalist Stepfan Taylor, who became Stanford’s all-time career rushing leader (4,300 yards)
  • Helped Taylor — 2013 Rose Bowl offensive MVP — register 45 total TDs and 40 career rushing TDs, which rank first and second all-time in Cardinal history, respectively
  • Critical component that allowed Taylor to become the first Stanford player to ever record three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons
  • Mentored Kevin Hogan as a sophomore in 2013 as the Cardinal quarterback ranked 21st nationally in passing efficiency (151.5), threw for 2,630 yards and 20 TDs, while averaging 8.91 yards per pass attempt
  • Worked with the Cardinal quarterbacks as an offensive assistant from 2007-08
  • Spent one season as the passing game coordinator at Western Kentucky in 2010
  • Coached Yale’s tight ends and fullbacks, and served as recruiting coordinator in his first full-time coaching stint in 2009
  • Served as a graduate assistant at UNLV from 2005-06 under his father, Mike, then the head coach of the Rebels


QB DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame)

  • 2015 season ranked fourth in single-season school history in completion percentage (63.0)

QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Fifth Round pick (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Winningest starting quarterback in school history
  • Helped Cardinal to three Pac-12 titles

QB Brandon Doughty (W. Kentucky)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Seventh Round pick (Miami Dolphins)
  • Set 37 school records, including 17 career records

QB Grant Hedrick (Boise State)

  • Led FBS in completion percentage (.708) in 2014
  • Ranked seventh in passing yards/ attempt (8.91)
  • Ranked ninth in passing efficiency (157.20)

RB Jay Ajayi (Boise State)

  • Only FBS player to ever record 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in single season
  • Led FBS in scoring (13.7 points/ game) in 2014

RB Stepfan Taylor (Stanford)

  • 2012 Doak Walker semifinalist
  • Stanford’s all-time career rushing leader (4,300)
  • 2013 NFL Draft Fifth-Round pick (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 2013 Rose Bowl offensive MVP

WR/KR Ty Montgomery (Stanford)

  • 2015 NFL Draft Third-Round pick (Green Bay Packers)
  • Consensus first-team All-American kick returner in 2013