STEPHANIE SANCHEZ | ASSISTANT COACH
Stephanie Sanchez is in her fourth season as an assistant coach at UTSA, where she mentors the goalkeepers.
Last season, UTSA goalies totaled 124 saves for a program-record 6.89 stops per contest. Katherine Tesno led the way with a career-high 71 saves, while freshman Isabella Sanchez added 42 stops in her 10 outings. UTSA keepers racked up double-digit saves three times during the campaign, including 11 in a shutout of Florida Atlantic.
In 2014, the Roadrunners jumped out to a 3-1 record and improved their win total over the 2013 campaign. UTSA goalies posted four shutouts, including a season-opening win over Houston Baptist and a 5-0 whitewashing of Southern Miss to close the fall.
In 2013, she helped the Roadrunners establish a home field advantage in their first season as a member of Conference USA. Under Sanchez’s guidance, the UTSA defense shut out all five of its league opponents at the new Park West Athletics Complex and the team had just a 0.80 goals-against average versus C-USA foes. Goalie Bubba Makela notched six shutouts and earned second-team All-Conference USA and All-Freshman Team honors after recording 90 saves, which ranked third in the league.
Sanchez joined the Roadrunners staff in 2013 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 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 Lone Star Honorable Mention selection and team captain in her final two seasons. The Belen, N.M., native, who also was on the Lone Star Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times, earned the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award twice and owns the school’s all-time saves record (397).
Sanchez, who holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) 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. In addition, Sanchez holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.