Sanchez Posted A 37-34-11 Career Record At UW
Senior Masumiya and redshirt freshman Paul earn third team honors.
The Cowgirls fall 2-0 to New Mexico earning MW tournament runner-up.
Blume scores game-winning goal in the 83rd minute to send UW to MW final.
The Cowgirls win their first-ever postseason tournament game.
A conversation with Danny Sanchez to recap the 2011 Wyoming Cowgirls soccer season.
Sanchez enters his fourth season as the head soccer coach at the University of Wyoming. During his third season as the Cowgirl head coach he guided the Cowgirls to a 7-10-3 overall record and a 1-1-3 record in the Mountain West. The Cowgirls earned their second consecutive postseason appearance after finishing sixth in the final MW standings. The highlight of the 2010 season was a three game winning streak against Kennesaw State, Montana and Eastern Washington. The UW defense recorded six shutouts on the season while the offense outshot its opponents 207 to 258. In its seven victories on the season Wyoming outscored its opponents 14-1. Under Sanchez, the Cowgirls have not only excelled on the field but also in the classroom. For the third consecutive season UW soccer was recognized by The National Soccer Coaches Association of America for having at least a 3.0 team GPA. Also during his tenure at Wyoming Sanchez has coached five All-MW athletes.
His second season saw him lead Cowgirl Soccer to its first winning season since 2005, at 9-8-3, and their first MW postseason appearance since 2007. Helped the Cowgirls to their first winning record with a five game winning streak in late September and early October, this being the longest such streak since 2003. During that stretch, the Cowgirl defense led the way allowing just three goals. In their nine victories the defense allowed four total goals. The offense also provided a spark for UW, outscoring their opponents 15-4 in their nine wins. The 2009 season was also highlighted by a, 1-0, victory in a nationally televised game against the Northern Colorado Bears.
In his first season at the helm, Sanchez led the Cowgirls to a 8-10-1 record that was highlighted by two three game win streaks and a 1-0 victory over nationally ranked TCU. Wyoming's offense was strong in their eight victories out scoring their opponents 18-1. The defense for the Cowgirls was also tough as Wyoming ranked fourth in the MW in goals allowed (1.16) and tied for second in shutouts (7).
Sanchez came 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. During his time at Metro State, Sanchez was the 2004 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Coach of the Year all six seasons. He was a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year and named the RMAC All-Time Top Coach.
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 oversaw the Metro State men's Program 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 has also worked as 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 collegiate career at Mesa Community College, Sanchez moved on to the University of Connecticut and led the Huskies to the 1989 Big East Championship and a NCAA Tournament birth. He ranked in the New England Region's top 10 in scoring in 1989. Following his collegiate career, he played in the Western Soccer League for the Arizona Condors and in the U.S.I.S.L. for the Arizona Cotton. Sanchez earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Connecticut in 1991. He and his wife, Beth, have two sons Cole (11) and Drew (8).