Stephanie Sanchez is in her first season as an assistant coach at UTSA after stints at Western Texas College and Angelo State and a distinguished playing career at Eastern New Mexico.
Sanchez joins the Roadrunners staff after serving as the associate head coach at Western Texas College in the spring. Prior to that she spent five seasons coaching at Angelo State (three as an assistant, two as a graduate assistant), where she mentored the Rambelles goalkeepers and served as the team’s recruiting and video coordinator.
Under Sanchez’s tutelage, Danielle Edwards earned Lone Star Conference (LSC) Goalkeeper of the Year and first-team all-conference honors in 2012. In 2010, she helped guide Angelo State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance, as the squad set records for most wins (13) and shutouts (9) in a campaign. That season, the Rambelles were led by goalie and two-time second-team all-conference selection Melanie Peterson, who owns the school record for goals-against average.
A four-year starter at Eastern New Mexico from 2004-07, Sanchez was a LSC honorable mention selection and team captain in her final two seasons. The Belen, N.M., native was a three-time member of the LSC's Commissioner's Honor Roll, she earned team Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 & '06 and is the the program's career record-holder with 397 saves.
Sanchez, who holds a United States Soccer Federation C coaching license, graduated from Eastern New Mexico in 2008 with a psychology and sociology degree before she earned her master’s degree in applied psychology from Angelo State two years later.