Lyle Sanderson was the University of Saskatchewan’s athletics coach starting in 1965. Under his tenure, the university has captured 19 Western Conference team titles and five Canadian team titles. As well, he served as a meet director for many track meets and was in the forefront in publishing numerous papers for various athletic journals.
He was selected as coach for Canadian teams at the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games; the 1978 British Commonwealth Games; the 1987 Pan-American Games; the 1973 and 1983 World University Student Games; and the 1977 Pacific Conference Games.
Lyle Sanderson received the University of Saskatchewan Coach of the Year Award in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1976 and 1977 and the Canadian Track & Field Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1979. In 1986, Lyle received the Government of Saskatchewan Achievement Award.