Getting to Know Board Member Bo-Dean Sanders

Updated: 14 hours ago



Bo-Dean Sanders hails from Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Jean Ribault High School. He attended Cheyney University but truly he bleeds blue & white for he is part of the Nova Nation.

At Villanova, Bo-Dean was a defensive back (a strong safety), for the Wildcats football team. He graduated in 1989 receiving his BA in Liberal Arts with a minor in Sociology.

An author, Bo-Dean will be moderating our September webinar, “Communicating about Diversity and Inclusion.” Bo-Dean wrote a memoir which tells the story of his college football journey but also his personal journey tackling issues of social acceptance, race relations and cultural identity. He hopes to see it in bookstores before the end of the year.


What made you decide to write a book?

I could see my book was needed regarding the race conversation.


What inspired you to write this book?

I was encouraged by Bob Capone and Howie Long, both Nova alumni.


As an author, are you working on other books?

I am. Two more will follow regarding diversity and inclusion in sports.


Do you have a favorite coach or mentor that inspired you to play football?

My favorite coach as a kid was Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry. At Nova, I was inspired to play football by my position coach, Paul Ferraro, and my father figure/mentor at Nova, Mr. Don DiCarlo Sr.


What is your favorite football team?

The Eagles are my first favorite and my hometown Jaguars come second.


Who is your favorite football player?

All strong safeties are my favorite players.

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