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Varsity Head Coach: Tony Sanchez

Contact: tsanchez@bishopgorman.org



Tony 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 has also led the Gaels to five consecutive state championships (2009-2013) for the first time in school history. The Gaels have had over 24 players earn football scholarships over this 4 year period.

The 2012 campaign again resulted in a State Championship for the Gaels. This was the first time a Nevada large school has won four titles in a row since 1948-1951. Coach led the Gaels to a 63-10 victory over Liberty in the state championship game. The Gaels finished the season ranked #9 by USA Today and completed a 4-Peat for the first time in Nevada since the 1950’s.

In 2011 the Gaels capped off another historic season by beating Reed High School in the state championship 72-28. This 3 peat was the 1st in school history. Coach led the Gaels against 3 nationally ranked teams beating then #10 Chaparral AZ 42-22, #13 Servite 31-28, and suffer it’s only loss to #2 Armwood FL 20-17. Bishop Gorman had another prolific offensive season scoring 838 while only surrendering 185 in 16 games with 5 shutouts. Gorman gained 7,693 total yards in 2011 while rushing for over 4,000 and passing for over 3,000. The Gaels finished the season ranked #5 nationally by USA Today.

In 2010 the Gaels finished the season 13-2 winning the Nevada 4A state championship by beating McQueen by a score of 40-0. Gorman finished the year ranked #25 Maxpreps and outscored opponents by a combined score of 692-101. The Gaels produced 5 scholarship football players in 2010 and Coach was named the Sunset Southwest Coach of the Year.

In Coach's first year at the helm in 2009 the Gaels went a perfect 15-0 on their way to the state title with a 62-21 victory over Del Sol. The Gaels scored an unprecedented 798 points in 2009 to lead the nation in points scored. Gorman also finished ranked #25 nationally by Prep Nation. From the 2009 team 8 players signed football scholarships.

Prior to joining the Gaels, in 2004 Sanchez received his first head coaching job taking over a struggling California High program. With a previous 5-year record of 17-31-4 and an overall program record from 1975 to 2003 of 83-200-10 and no playoff wins. In a short time, Coach Sanchez built California High School’s football program into one of the best in the Northern California. In 5 years the Grizzlies had 3 playoff appearances and in 2007 he led the Grizzlies to its best record in school history going 11-2. The Grizzlies won their 1st East Bay Athletic League Championship in school history and a 2nd place finish for North Coast Section Division I schools, losing to the eventual State Champions, De La Salle in the finals at the Oakland Coliseum. 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 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.  Prior to taking over California High, he spent three years at the Onate High School in Las Cruces, NM (2001-2003) where he coached defensive backs and was the defensive coordinator in 2003. Coach was again part of a rebuilding process in helping Onate to its first and only state title in 2002.

Prior to joining the Knights, Sanchez coached wide receivers and was the JV offensive coordinator for Irvin High School in El Paso, TX (2000). He served a prior stint with Onate (1998) working as their wide receivers coach.
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.

Sanchez, born on January 25, 1974, earned a bachelor 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. He and his wife, Tessie, have two children: daughter Alyssa, and son Jason.


Tony Sanchez File Coaching Experience:

  • 2009-current Bishop Gorman High School NV
    Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Dean of Students
  • 2004-08 California High School CA
    Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Special Education Teacher
  • 2003 Onate High School NM
    Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs / Special Education Teacher
  • 2001-02 Onate High School NM
    Defensive Backs / Special Education Teacher
  • 2000 Irvin High School TX
    Wide Receivers / PE Teacher
  • 1998 Onate High School NM
    Wide Receivers
  • 1996 New Mexico State University
    Undergraduate Assistant

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Nevada 4A state champions
  • 2011 Nevada 4A state champions
  • 2011 National leader in points scored 838
  • 2010 Nevada 4A state champions
  • 2009 Nevada 4A state champions
  • 2009 National Leader in points scored 798
  • 2008 North Coast Section quarter finals
  • 2007 North Coast Section finals
  • 2007 East Bay Athletic League champions
  • 2005 North Coast Section quarter finals
  • 2002 New Mexico 4A state champions
  • 2001 New Mexico 4A state semi-finals 


  • 13 US Army All American Bowl Coach
  • 2012 Sunset Southwest Coach of the Year
  • 2012 Semper-Fi All American Bowl Coach
  • 2012 Sports Illustrated High School Coach of the Week (Nov. 30, 2012)
  • 2011 American Football Monthly Coach of the Year Western Region
  • 2010 Sunset Southwest Coach of the Year
  • 2010 American Football Monthly 10 of the Nation’s Top Coaches under 40
  • 2009 Maxpreps National Coach of the Year Finalist
  • 2008 Nominated as Educator of the Year by San Ramon Chamber of Commerce
  • 2007 Oakland Raiders NFL Coach of the Year
  • 2007 Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year 

Varsity Assistant Coaches


Kenny Sanchez

Defensive Coordinator

Craig Canfield

Running Backs

Scott Cooley

Defensive Line

Gino DiMaria

Line Backers

Sean Manuel

Offensive Line, Strength & Conditioning

Kevin May

Defensive Backs

Ron O'Dell


Bobby Sanchez

Wide Receivers

Matt Fulton

JV Head Coach

Colt Goodman

JV Assistant

Rob Burgman

Freshmen Head Coach

Cedric Tillman

Freshmen Assistant

Ryan Pietranton  

Freshmen Assistant

Adam Hutchins

Freshmen Assistant
Geoff Lincoln

Director of Football Operations/Video Coordinator