Title: Tight Ends/Special Teams
Experience: 4th Year
Alma Mater: New Mexico State, '93
Bio: Currently in his fourth season at Sacramento State, Richard Sanchez returns as the team’s special teams coordinator and will also coach tight ends.
In 2006, Sanchez coached three players who were named all-Big Sky on special teams. Punter Mitch Lively ranked third in the league and eighth nationally with an average of 43.45 yards per punt. Return specialist Andre Taylor averaged 23.3 yards per kick return during his first season with the squad and Calvin Robinson was the team’s top performer on both punt and kick coverage. The following year, kicker Juan Gamboa was named honorable mention after leading the team in scoring.
Sanchez came to the Hornets in July of 2005 after spending two seasons as an assistant at Valparaiso. While with the Crusaders, he served as recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and secondary coach. In 2004, he helped guide Valpo’s defense which ranked first in Div. I-AA allowing just 128.8 passing yards per game.
Prior to working at Valparaiso, Sanchez spent two years at the University of San Diego where he served as the running backs coach for two seasons and the special teams coordinator for one. In 2003, the Toreros’ special teams limited the opposition to 0.4 yards per punt return, no touchdowns and did not allow a blocked punt. As a running backs coach, Sanchez tutored Evan Harney, who ranked second in Div. I-AA in 2003 in rushing.
Sanchez has also worked at San Diego State, with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League and as a high school coach. With San Diego State, he was an offensive graduate assistant with emphasis on the line for two years. In the summer of 2002, he served an internship with the B.C. Lions, coaching the wide receivers and returners during the preseason.
As a high school coach, Sanchez was the head coach at San Diego High School from 1998-99 and at Montclair High School from 1994-97. At SDHS, he took a program which had lost 20-straight games and produced an 11-9 overall record. The team went 6-4 during his first year and 5-5 in 1999.
At Montclair, he was named the Mt. Baldy League Coach of the Year after going 9-3 in 1995. At Montclair. Sanchez coached former Sacramento State All-America running back Charles Roberts.
As a player, Sanchez played two seasons (1989-90) as a wide receiver for New Mexico State. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from NMSU in 1993 and later added a master’s in exercise and nutritional science from San Diego State in 2002. Following his collegiate playing days, he played one season of semipro football for the San Bernardino Blitz. Sanchez and his wife, Maria, have one daughter, Kristiana, and one son, Ricky.
Recruiting Area: All high schools and junior colleges in the San Diego area as well as Stockton and the greater East Bay.
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