Coach Tony Sanchez
Congratulations to NMSU alumnus Tony Sanchez. He recently led his Bishop Gorman Gaels to a Nevada Division I State Championship for the 2014 Football Season. Coach Sanchez was recently named the University of Nevada’s, Las Vegas head football coach. Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science from New Mexico State in 1998 and a master’s in special education from New Mexico State in 2003.
Sanchez took over as Bishop Gorman High Schools head football coach in March of 2009. He has led Gorman to a varsity record of 56-4 and four consecutive top 25 National Rankings and two consecutive top 10 rankings. Coach Sanchez has also led the Gaels to six consecutive state championships (2009-2014) for the first time in the school’s history. The Gaels have had over 24 players earn football scholarships over this 4 year period.
The Gaels finished the season ranked #5 nationally by USA Today, and Tony Sanchez was named the Sunset Southwest Coach of the Year in 2010. Coach Sanchez was named the 2007 Oakland Raiders NFL Coach of the Year and the 2007 Contra Costa Times East Bay Coach of the year. In 2008, Coach Sanchez was nominated for Educator of the Year by the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce after his teams also earned the North Coast Section 4A Scholastic Championship award three out his five seasons for the highest team GPA.
Sanchez began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant at New Mexico State in 1996 under Jim Hess working with the wide receivers. A 1992 graduate of Granada High School in Livermore CA, Coach Sanchez was a standout Wide Receiver and Defensive Back earning All East Bay (WR & DB), All Nor Cal (WR & DB), and All State (WR) Honors. Coach Sanchez’s jersey, number 81, was retired upon his graduation from Granada. After high school, he went on to become an All American wide receiver at Laney Community College helping them to a Lions Bowl victory in 1993. In 1994 Tony received a football scholarship to New Mexico State University Aggies and earned a starting spot in 1995 catching 42 balls in his senior season.
He and his wife, Tessie, have two children: daughter Alyssa, and son Jason. Tessie is also a New Mexico State Aggie. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1993 for business marketing and a master’s in business administration in 1997.