Raptors 905 announced on Wednesday that Chad Sanders has been promoted to general manager, after serving as manager of basketball operations for the club. He assumes general manager duties from Dan Tolzman, who held the role for the past three seasons.
“As much as the 905 has a hand in developing our young Raptors on the court, it plays equally as large of a role in the development of our up-and-coming staff members. Chad becomes just the latest in an already long line of Raptors staffers to utilize the 905 to move up within our ranks,” said Tolzman, who will continue to serve as vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager of the Toronto Raptors. “After just one season as a member of our team, Chad showed us he was capable of taking on this challenge, and with his previous experience at the college and international levels, we’re confident that he will do an exceptional job with the 905 program.”
From 2011 to 2017, Sanders worked in the Dominican Republic’s basketball program. After three years as director of operations for the men’s national team, he was promoted to general manager in 2015. During his tenure with the national team, the club’s world ranking climbed 10 spots from 27th to 17th, including a 13th place finish in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. In addition to his work with the national team, Sanders was the general manager of Leones de Santo Domingo, earning the LNB pro league championship in 2016.
Prior to his time in the Dominican Republic, Sanders was the graduate assistant under Joh Calipari at the University of Kentucky. He also served as the team’s basketball manager from 2006 to 2009 under head coaches Tubby Smith and Billy Gillispie.
Sanders, 31, graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2009, and earned his Masters degree in Education in 2011.