• Record: 19-12
  • Home: 12-4
  • Away: 7-8
  • Neutral: 0-0
  • American Midwest: 14-8
2016-17 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Jim Sanderson
Head Coach - 1st Season

Jim Sanderson begins his first season as head coach of the Lion basketball program after spending 24 years as the head basketball coach at Faulkner (Ala.) University where he led his team to a NAIA National Championship in 2001.

In his 24 years at the helm with the Eagles, Sanderson posted a record of 481-296, good enough to rank him among the top 10 most-winning coaches in NAIA basketball history. He capped off his career at Faulkner University in 2013 with a NAIA National Tournament appearance after leading his team to a 29-6 record.

Throughout his time with the Eagles, he led his teams to six conference tournament championships and received Coach of the Year honors on five occasions, including National Coach of the Year honors in 1999 after leading his team to a 30-6 record.

Prior to his coaching career, Sanderson attended the University of Alabama, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 1982.
Sanderson said he is excited about the opportunity to return to college coaching, especially in a Christian environment.

"I am truly grateful and thankful that the Lord has put me in this position," he said. "My family and I are very excited about being back in college coaching and the opportunity to become a part of the Freed Hardeman family. We are very familiar with the Christian campus environment, which will help us make a difference in the lives of young people."

Sanderson's wife, Jill, whom he describes as the best coach's wife around, has taught elementary art for 14 years. He also has a daughter, Katie, who is employed as a Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery, AL and a son named Kyle who recently graduated from Faulkner University with a degree in Sports Management.

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Vincent Meninno
Assistant Coach - 4th Season

Vincent Meninno enters his fourth season as Assistant Coach for the Lion Basketball program. Originally from Newbury, N.H., Meninno graduated from Kearsarge Regional HS in 2006.  He received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Appalachian State (N.C.) University in 2010 and an M.A. in Sport Management from East Tennessee State University in 2012.

While at Appalachian State, an NCAA Division I program, Meninno served for two years as undergraduate manager for coaches Houston Fancher and Buzz Peterson.  He was part of the team that went to the semifinals of the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament and finished the season with a record of 24-13.

He then spent two years as a graduate assistant at ETSU, also an NCAA Division I program, under head coach Murray Bartow.  The ETSU team also went to the semifinals of the CIT and finished the year with a record of 24-12.  Meninno later transitioned into the role of video coordinator.

Meninno has been married to his wife Jana since 2015.

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Chase Teichmann
Grad Assistant - 2nd Season

Chase Teichmann enters his second season as Graduate Assistant for the Freed-Hardeman Lion Basketball team. A native of Brentwood, Tenn., Teichmann came to FHU from UT-Chattanooga, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management in 2015. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration at FHU. 

While at Chattanooga, Teichmann was a student assistant for the men's basketball team under Head coach Will Wade. 

In Teichmann's first season at FHU, the Lions finished with a record of 25-8 and were the American Midwest Conference Regular Season Champions. During the same season, the Lions also notched a win over Division 1 opponent Murray State University in an exhibition game on November 5th. 

FHU also had a record breaking season, passing the record for 3 pointers made in a season with 343, and scoring average per game at 89.5. The Lions also reached the NAIA National Tournament for the 3rd consecutive season. 

Teichmann's responsibilities with the Lion basketball program include recruiting, scouting and assisting with player development, video, statistics, and administrative tasks.

Teichmann graduated from Brentwood High School in 2011 where he played for legendary head coach Dennis King. He is the younger brother of Freed-Hardeman's All-time leading scorer and three time All-American Kyle Teichmann, and the older brother of current FHU sophomore guard, Grant Teichmann. 

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Brandon Gosselin
Student Assistant - 2nd Season
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Kashif Festherson
Student Assistant - 2nd Season
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Eric Levan
Student Assistant - 3rd Season
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Curtavious Neal
Student Assistant - 1st Season