Sara (Shapiro) Sanders was named the Assistant Director and GOLD coordinator in the summer of 2014. Having worked as the Graduate Assistant in the Athletic Academic Center for two years (2010-11 and 2011-12), Sara Sanders transitioned into a role as an Interim Athletic Academic Advisor with the 49ers in 2012-13.

Sanders received her MA in Professional Counseling in May, 2013 and works with the Men's and Women's Soccer, Baseball, Softball and Men's and Women's Tennis teams.

She was the captain of the varsity swim team at Virginia Tech. where she received an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Business in 2010.