|Title:||Head Baseball Coach|
|Hometown:||San Bernardino, Calif.|
|College:||Cal. State-Fullerton, '71 (18th season)|
|Position:||Head Baseball Coach|
Over the past 18 years, Stan Sanchez has built one of the
winningest NCAA Division II baseball programs in the nation.
Seven regional tournament appearances, a West Regional Championship and a fifth-place showing at the 1996 Division II College World Series can attest to that.
When CSU-Pueblo reinstated the ThunderWolves baseball program in 1994 after a nine-year hiatus, Sanchez led the way from the moment he was offered the job.
In a bold statement at a press conference announcing the new coach, Sanchez promised that his program would be playing for the national championship in four years. As he promised, the T-Wolves did.
In that first season, the Pack qualified for and hosted the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament, and two years later, won the West Regional Tournament and advanced to the College World Series, placing fifth.
As the ThunderWolves' all-time winningest baseball coach, Sanchez has a 624-395-1 record in his 18 seasons at CSU-Pueblo (entering 2012).
From his athletic days at San Gorgonio High School and Cal State-Fullerton, on through his 30-year coaching career, Sanchez relied on his hustle and devotion to get the job done.
Those traits helped Sanchez land the head baseball coach position on Jan. 22, 1993. Once he accepted the position, Sanchez hit the ground running.
The ThunderWolves have been ranked in the NCAA Division II's Top 30 poll over 50 times, with the highest ranking coming in 2004 when the Pack held down the #2 spot for two weeks. In fact, for all but two weeks in 2004, the T-Wolves had bettered their previous-best in the polls, which had been #8 in 1996.
The Pack won the 1994 Mile High Intercollegiate Baseball League, the 1994 & 1995 Colorado Athletic Conference, the 1996, 2001, 2002 & 2004 & 2009 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the 1996 NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament.
Sanchez's hard work has been recognized by his peers also, voting him MHIBL and RMAC Coach of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 2001 respectively, as well as the West Region Coach of the Year in 1996.
He has led numerous ThunderWolves to all-conference honors and has had numerous players earn All-American accolades.
In 1996, Sanchez went a step further in his quest for a national championship, winning the West Regional Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Montgomery, Ala. Although the ThunderWolves were eliminated after a 1-2 record, they put their stamp on the Division II Baseball scene.
Sanchez's club returned to NCAA regional action in 2001, after his club won the regular season RMAC crown and established a school record for most victories in a season (45) and longest win streak (17).
In 2002, Sanchez took the Pack back to regional action, and the club finished second at the West Regional while posting a 43-17 mark.
In 2004, the Sanchez-led T-Wolves made their foray into previously uncharted territory for any CSU-Pueblo program. The Pack rattled off a 44-10-1 season to claim the RMAC Title and the top seed in the West Region Championship. However, a grueling tournament left CSU-Pueblo one game short of the Championship. In the process, Sanchez's squad earned the highest-ever national ranking for a CSU-Pueblo team, appearing second in two NCBWA polls in April.
One of Sanchez' greatest coaching jobs occurred in 2009, leading
the ThunderWolves to the 2009 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
tournament championship with largely the same roster that finished
out of the running for a playoff spot just a year before. The
team led the nation in runs, hits, doubles and triples, and
finished fourth in the nation in batting with a .369 mark.
The Pack finished third in the NCAA Division II Central Regionals,
its second-highest finish at a regional in school history.
The road to success all started in 1973. Sanchez took over the head baseball coach position at San Bernardino High School, leading them to the Ivy League Championship in his first year.
He then moved on to Aquinas High School in 1977.
From 1979-81, Sanchez's teams claimed three consecutive De Anza League Championships while he earned three coach of the year honors.
In 1982, Sanchez moved up to the junior college ranks at San Bernardino Valley. All he did there was win three divisional titles, claim three Foothill Athletic Conference Championships and earn three state regional crowns. In 1986, Sanchez was named Foothill Conference Coach of the Year.
During his tenure at Valley, Sanchez was also involved in developing the San Bernardino Spirit, a minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners organization.
Prior to being named the T-Wolves' head coach, Sanchez was an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge, an NCAA I program.