After more than three decades in college football, ETSU head coach Randy Sanders has announced his retirement. The Buccaneers’ leader is stepping down after four seasons with the program, he said Monday.

Following ETSU’s quarterfinal loss in the FCS Playoffs, Sanders revealed that he was retiring in his press conference this week. In the official announcement from the school, Sanders expressed his gratitude with all those involved with his career at ETSU.

“I want to thank Dr. Brian Noland and Scott Carter for giving me the opportunity to lead the ETSU football program,” Sanders said in his statement. “This wasn’t an easy decision. I have been fortunate to coach football for over 30 years, and I’ve really enjoyed my time at ETSU, but I am ready for the next chapter.

I am looking forward to spending time with my family and being around my grandchildren. I will forever be a Buccaneer and I am grateful for all the friendships I have made during my time at ETSU.”

ETSU athletic director Scott Carter thanked Sanders for his contributions to the school and wished him the best in his retirement.