Pablo Sanchez enters his second season as an assistant with UNLV, where he works primarily with the distance runners and also coaches the cross country team. Sanchez comes to UNLV after spending the previous past five years as an assistant cross country and track coach at Murray (Ky.) State University.
Sanchez has more than 13 years of experience coaching cross country and distance runners at the collegiate level. He started his coaching career at Brevard (N.C.) College as a volunteer assistant in 1992, spending three years there. Sanchez then moved to the University of Southern Mississippi as a graduate assistant in 1995. His first head coaching position was at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1997. After two years at Converse he continued his climb up the coaching ladder to Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La., where he was an assistant coach for two years before moving to Murray State in 1999.
In his collegiate coaching career, Sanchez has coached eight conference champions, 40 all conference performers, 10 regional qualifiers and two national qualifiers. He is currently the site coordinator for the USATF Coaching Clinic, which will be held at UNLV and Sanchez himself is a USATF Level II certified coach.He also coached Joyce Chepchumba, a three-time London Marathon winner. Sanchez has also coached at the Olympic level, working with the Kenyan Olympic team for eight weeks prior to the 1996 Olympic Games.
"This school has the resources and the potential to make a move up," Sanchez said. "I couldn't ask for a better situation and it is a privilege to work under coach Edmonson."
Sanchez graduated from Columbus (Ga.) State University in 1992 with a degree in science and parks recreation. He earned his master's degree in human performance from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Gaye Haynes, and his stepdaughter, Jaye Haynes.