Dec. 21, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. - Wyoming Cowgirl head soccer coach Danny Sanchez has resigned from his position at the UW to fill the same position at the University of Colorado, Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced Monday. Sanchez concluded his fourth season with the Cowgirls posting a 37-34-11 career record, while earning Mountain West Coach of the Year honors in 2011.
"We would like to thank coach Sanchez for all his efforts here at the University of Wyoming and wish him the best of luck in the future," Burman said. "During his four years here at Wyoming, Danny moved our program in a very positive direction and we are looking forward to continuing the success here at UW."
Sanchez led the 2011 Cowgirls to their most wins in school history (12) and their best winning percentage (63 percent) in school history. The Cowgirls' final two wins came in the 2011 Mountain West Championship Tournament, which were their first two wins in a conference tournament in school history and advanced the Cowgirls to the conference title match. Also during the 2011 season, the Cowgirls reeled off a nine-match unbeaten streak (6-0-3), which is also the best such streak in school history. Sanchez coached redshirt freshman Sara Paul to Wyoming soccer's first-ever MW Freshman of the Year honor. Along with MW Coach and Freshman of the Year honors, Wyoming soccer had three players earn All-Mountain West. Senior Allison Masumiya and Paul earned First Team All-MW honors, while senior Kayla Davis earned second team honors. Masumiya and Paul also were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I All-Pacific Third Team.
Throughout his tenure, Sanchez coached eight All-Mountain West players and led the Cowgirls to three MW Tournament appearances. Also for three consecutive years Wyoming soccer has been honored by the NSCAA for having a team GPA of 3.00 or better throughout the academic year.
"The time that my family and I have spent in Laramie and at the University of Wyoming has been very special to all of us," Sanchez said. "The support we received from all the administration but especially Tom Burman and Molly Moore is something we will always be grateful for. The University of Wyoming soccer program is headed in the right direction and I know they will be competing for championships for years to come.
"I want to thank all the people of the state of Wyoming all the people at the University of Wyoming and all of our former players that have made this transition for us special. I want to thank our current players for all they have given to this program, how hard they have worked and how they have bought into everything me and my coaching staff have been telling them. We are really going to miss everyone here at the University of Wyoming, but we are excited for the future of Wyoming soccer and we will always be their biggest fans."