Sartz is in his second year with the Aggies, helping coach the defensive line with Jason Fisk. He brings extensive experience to the program after a standout career as a linebacker at USC from 2002-06 before being drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He later signed free-agent contracts with both the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks.
Sartz, who grew up in nearby Granite Bay, took over starting duties at strongside linebacker for the Trojans during his sophomore season in 2003 and held the role until injury sidelined him early in the 2006 campaign. He returned in 2006, finishing with 70 tackles, including seven sacks, while earning honorable mention honors from the Pac-10.
Sartz, a two-time team captain, played in four bowl games during his USC career, including the 2003 Rose Bowl when the Trojans captured the national championship. He was part of another national champion USC team in 2004.after a 13-0 season. He also played in the 2003 and 2005 Orange Bowls as well as the 2006 Rose Bowl. USC was 32-2 when he started for the USC defense.
Sartz earned his communication degree from USC in 2006, adding a minor in business law.