A friend of a friend-Megan Sanger-Joey Hannant-August 2

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for August 2, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

The start of the fall semester is fast approaching. It will not be long before college campuses all across the nation start to see students return and begin classes. For most students living on campus in the summer is not the norm. The exception is college football players who often use part or all of the summer staying on campus to get ready for the upcoming season. They are permitted to work out and lift weights under the supervision of certified strength coach. That coach at UNC Pembroke is my friend Joey Hannant.

Joey on sideline of 2012 UNCP Football Game-he is on the far right in gold shirt and white cap.

Joey Football Sideline

Joey is beginning his seventh year at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as the head of the athletic performance department. Joey came to UNCP following Daniel Roose who is currently the Head Strength Coach for Texas Men’s Basketball. Daniel and Joey are good friends.

Photo of Daniel in sweater vest.

Daniel Roose

I wrote about Daniel on February 20, 2015 the link is below.


As head of the UNC Pembroke program, Joey is responsible for designing and implementing year-round training and nutrition programs with the main focus on athletic development of all varsity sports and the spirit squad at UNCP. He is very good at his job and approaches it with enthusiasm. I am happy to say I had a role in hiring him while I served as Director of Athletics.

Prior to joining the UNCP staff, Joey was the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the College of Charleston for a year and a half. While there, he was directly responsible for the strength and conditioning development of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s track and field and women’s tennis while assisting with men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball.  Joey graduated from Western Illinois University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, also completing an internship at the University of Iowa with the strength and conditioning staff for the football team.  He then earned his Master’s degree from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. in 2007 and continued his training in the strength and conditioning department, working with many of the institutions different sport programs.

At UNC Pembroke Joey has formed a ton of friendships with different coaches and staff members. He is fun to be around because he has a sense of humor. Not all of his friendships are just professional. He has gotten really close to a UNCP coach who this summer has served as Interim Compliance Officer and hopefully will get the position permanently. Her name is Megan Sanger.

The Friend-Joey Hannant

Joey Hannant

The Friend of the Friend-Megan Sanger

Megan Sanger

The Fitness Couple

Megan Sanger Megan Sanger enters her third year as an assistant coach with the UNC Pembroke volleyball program in the 2015-16 season and also serves as UNCP’s aquatics director. She is also serving as Interim Compliance Director and is a candidate for the permanent position. She has a great intellect and work ethic and if she is selected I am certain she will do a great job for our university.

Megan in her three short years at UNCP has been asked to a lot and has responded each time. Megan served as interim head volleyball coach from October 2014 until January 2015.

She has worked on her professional development skills since arriving at UNCP by attending the 2014 NCAA/NACWAA Women’s Leadership Symposium and the 2014 Women’s Coaching Academy in Atlanta where she received the Judy Sweet Spirit Award.

Megan played college volleyball at Claflin University in South Carolina. As a coach she brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to the UNCP coaching staff. Prior to UNCP she served as head volleyball coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, where her duties included preparing game reports to develop daily practice schedules. While at Heathwood Hall, Sanger was also responsible for designing and implementing summer training sessions and camp programs.

Megan also has an excellent background in aquatics and fitness. She has served as a fitness instructor and personal trainer at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center. A member of the USA Volleyball organization, Sanger has earned several beneficial certifications including an ACE personal training certification,  Sanger has earned several beneficial certifications including an ACE personal training certification, TRX Suspension and Rip Trainer Certification, CPR/AED and Lifeguard Instructor Certification.

Her passion for fitness led her and Joey Hannant to become pretty good friends.

Joey and Megan

Megan earned a master’s of physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration from Idaho State University in 2011. While attending graduate school at Idaho State University, she was an active member of the Pocatello, Idaho community, taking on several internships and teaching assistantships.  She has done the same thing since she arrived in Pembroke by getting involved.

If you are in Pembroke and see a couple committed to fitness it just might be Joey and Megan.

Megan Running



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