Sanford served as the freshman crew coach at Georgetown University from 1998-2001, after a stint in the same position from 1991-94. Under his direction the Hoyas freshman team captured the gold in the freshmen 8 at the 2000 and 2001 Avaya Championship. Sanford led the Georgetown freshmen 4 to a silver medal at the 2000 IRA Championship and in 1992 had an undefeated freshmen 8 crew, which captured the Dad Vail Regatta gold medal.
Sanford helped fulfill his father's, the late Scott Sanford, dream when he took the 2002 Marist Men's Varsity 8 to the Royal Henley Regatta in England. The Red Foxes won the Reading Cup the week prior to the Henley Regatta, defeating Yale and Colgate. Marist entered the Temple Challenge Cup and knocked off three European crews, before bowing out in the semifinals to eventual champion Harvard.
Sanford served as a Graduate Assistant at Syracuse University from 1995-98 working with both the freshman and varsity programs. He has also served as an assistant for the US National Team and US Pre-Elite Team.
Sanford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and earned his Juris Doctor in May 1998 from Syracuse University College of Law.