Danny Sanchez became the third head coach in the history of the University of Colorado women's soccer program on December 19, 2011. His career spans 17 years with teams Wyoming, Metro State College (Denver) and Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, where he coached both men's and women's programs.
Sanchez has an overall career record of 267-60-23, including a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships while at Metro State.
"My family and I are excited to join the Colorado Buffaloes family," Sanchez said after his appointment. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me professionally, and myself and my staff will do everything we can to make the Buff Nation proud of the soccer program."
In his time away from the Centennial State, Sanchez spent four seasons with the University of Wyoming, compiling a 36-34-11 record. In his final season with the Cowgirls, the team posted a 12-6-4 record, its best in school history, including a 3-1-2 record in Mountain West Conference play for a third-place regular season finish.
After a 0-3 start, Wyoming allowed just 12 goals in its final 19 games, with one of its wins including a 1-0 decision against Colorado in Boulder on August 28. In the MWC tournament, the Cowgirls defeated Boise State and TCU before losing 1-0 to New Mexico in the championship game.
Sanchez gave the Cowgirls their first winning season in four years, going 9-8-3 in just his second year with the team. He coached eight All-Mountain West Conference performers and all four of his teams were recognized by The National Soccer Coaches Association of America for having at least a 3.0 team grade point average.
Before joining the Cowgirls in 2007, Sanchez spent six seasons at Metro State College, where he posted an impressive 128-11-7 record (a 90.1 winning percentage). He led the Roadrunners to Division II national titles in 2004 and 2006 and reached the Final Four in 2002 and the Elite Eight five times. Sanchez and the Roadrunners also claimed five Midwest Region Championships.
The Roadrunners won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament all six seasons Sanchez was at the helm.
In his time at Metro State, the Roadrunners established two of the most impressive records in Division II history: a 59-game unbeaten streak (58-0-1) and 61 consecutive home wins. MSC produced two Division II National Players of the Year and 14 NSCAA All-Americans in his tenure.
Sanchez was named the RMAC's Coach of the Year all six years he was with the Roadrunners. He was the 2004 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year and a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year. He was also named the RMAC's All-Time Top Coach.
Prior to taking over at Metro, Sanchez served as the head men's and women's soccer coach at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College from 1995-2002.
In eight seasons, he led the women's team to a 103-15-5 (.858) overall record and the men to a 96-36-7 (.716) mark, producing 12 All-Americans in that span between the two.
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.
Sanchez has served as a staff coach and licensing instructor for the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association and has worked as a coach for U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV staff. He 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 graduating from Scottsdale's (Ariz.) Coronado High School, where he lettered in soccer, football and baseball, he began his collegiate career at nearby Mesa Community College.
He later transferred to the University of Connecticut and led the Huskies to the 1989 Big East Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth, ranking in the New England Region's top 10 in scoring that season.
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 Connecticut in 1991. He and wife Beth have two sons, Cole (12) and Drew (9).