Varsity Head Coach Tony Sanchez
Coach Tony Sanchez took over as Bishop Gorman High Schools head football coach in March of 2009. Over the past two seasons, he has led Gorman to a varsity record of 28-2 and an overall program record of 61-4. Coach Sanchez has also led the Gaels to back to back state championships (2009-2010) for the first time in over a quarter century.
In 2010, the Gaels finished the season 13-2 winning the Nevada 4A state championship by beating McQueen with a score of 40-0. Bishop Gorman finished the year ranked in the top 35 nationally in 3 polls (#25 Maxpreps Excellent 25, #27 Rivals High, & #33 ESPN Rise). The Gaels produced five scholarship football players in 2010 and Coach Sanchez was named the Sunset Southwest Coach of the Year.
In his 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 eight players signed football scholarships. Coach Sanchez was also a Max Preps National Coach of the Year finalist.
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 Northern California. In five years the Grizzlies had three playoff appearances with their best record in school history going 11-2 in 2007. The Grizzlies won their first East Bay Athletic League championship in school history and a had second place finish for North Coast Section Division I schools, losing to 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, he 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 at California High, Coach Sanchez spent three years at the Onate High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico (2001-2003) where he coached defensive backs and was the defensive coordinator in 2003. He was again part of a rebuilding process in helping Onate to its first and only state title in 2002. Sanchez coached wide receivers and was the JV offensive coordinator for Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas (2000). He served a prior stint with Onate (1998) working as their wide receivers coach. Sanchez began his coaching career in 1996 as an undergraduate assistant under Jim Hess at New Mexico State, working with the wide receivers.
A 1992 graduate of Granada High School in Livermore, California, 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. He received a scholarship to play with the New Mexico State University Aggies and earned a starting spot in 1995 catching 42 balls in his senior season.
Born on January 25, 1974, Coach Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science from New Mexico State in 1998 and a master's degree 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
2010 Nevada 4A state champions
2009 Nevada 4A state champions
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
2010 Sunset Southwest Coach of the Year
2010 named to 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
JV Head Coach Lou Markouzis
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