Dec. 17, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced today that Danny Sanchez has been hired as the third head coach in Wyoming soccer history.
Sanchez comes to Wyoming after posting a 128-11-7 (.901) record in six seasons as the head women's coach at Metro State College in Denver, Colo. He led the Roadrunners to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2004 and 2006. In addition to serving as the head women's coach, Sanchez was also the Director of Soccer Operations and oversaw both the men's and women's soccer programs. Sanchez replaces Anne Moore who coached the Cowgirls from 1999-2007.
"We are thrilled to hire someone of Danny's experience and stature as our new soccer coach," said Burman. "His reputation in the Front Range soccer community and on a national level is second to none, and we look forward to him building a first-rate soccer program in the Mountain West Conference."
"I would like to thank Tom Burman, Barbara Burke and the whole search committee for giving me this wonderful opportunity to lead the Wyoming soccer program," said Sanchez. "Wyoming made such a strong impression on both myself and my family that we knew this was a great move for us. I am very excited to meet the team and get to work. The administration has made a big commitment to women's soccer, and we are looking to build a soccer program that will make Wyoming fans proud."
During his time at Metro State, Sanchez was the 2004 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Coach of the Year all six seasons and a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
In his six seasons at Metro State, the Roadrunners won the RMAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament every year. They also won five Midwest Region Championships. In addition to its 2004 and 2006 National Championships, Metro State reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament three times (2002, `04 and `06) and advanced to the Elite Eight five times. At one point, Metro State won a Division II record 61 consecutive home games, as well as 59 consecutive overall games.
Metro State produced two Division II National Players of the Year and 14 NSCAA All-Americans in Sanchez's tenure.
Sanchez also served as an Associate Head Men's Coach at Metro State from 2004-07 and helped lead the Roadrunner men to the 2007 RMAC Championship and to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007.
Prior to coaching at Metro State, Sanchez served as the head men's and women's soccer coach at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. from 1995-2002. At Mesa, he led the women's team to a 103-15-5 (.858) overall record and the men to a 96-36-7 (.716) mark. The women won four National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region I Championships and five Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Championships. In 2001, he was the ACCAC and NJCAA Region I Men's and Women's Coach of the Year, as well as the NSCAA Junior College Central Region Coach of the Year. He also won the NJCAA Region I Women's Coach of the Year award in 1996 and 1999. Mesa produced 12 All-Americans in Sanchez's time with the program.
Sanchez has been very active in coaching around the Rocky Mountain region. He has served as a staff coach and licensing instructor for the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association. He was also a US Youth Soccer Region IV Staff Coach.
Sanchez holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" License, a USSF National Youth License, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a KNVB Dutch Advanced Certificate.
After beginning his playing career at Mesa Community College, Sanchez moved to the University of Connecticut where he helped lead the Huskies to the 1989 Big East Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. He was a two-year starter at UConn and finished 10th on the New England region scoring charts in 1989. He also played for the Arizona Cotton of the USISL and the Arizona Condors of the Western Soccer League.
Sanchez earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Connecticut in 1991. He and his wife, Beth, have two sons Cole (8) and Drew (5).
Coach Sanchez will be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball game against Westminster College on Wednesday, December 19. The game will begin at 7 p.m. at the Arena Auditorium.