Cael Sanderson has guided Penn State to its fourth straight NCAA title (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Add yet another honor to Cael Sanderson's already impressive resume. The Nittany Lions head wrestling coach -- voted 2019 InterMat Coach of the Year -- has been named recipient of the 2019 Honorary Alumni Award from the Penn State Alumni Association, the organization announced Wednesday.
The award, now in its 47th year, is presented to individuals who have devoted themselves to doing great things for Penn State, despite not having graduated from the school.
Cael Norman Sanderson arrived on the Penn State campus in April 2009 ... and has propelled the Nittany Lions mat program to new heights. Under Sanderson, Penn State have won eight NCAA team titles and six Big Ten team championships ... along with 23 individual national champions and 35 NCAA All-Americans.
Prior to taking the helm at Penn State, the 39-year-old Sanderson -- a Utah native -- had made history as a wrestler, compiling a perfect 159-0 record and earning four NCAA titles at Iowa State, where he launched his coaching career first as an assistant, then as head coach.
Sanderson is one of five honorees for the Honorary Alumni Award in 2019. He will be presented with his award later this year.