Aug. 30, 2004
Las Vegas -
Pablo Sanchez was hired as the UNLV cross country and distance coach, Rebel track and field head coach Barbara Ferrell-Edmondson announced Monday.
Sanchez comes to UNLV after spending the past five years as an assistant cross country and track coach at Murray (Ky.) State University.
"Pablo is a wonderful addition to our staff," Ferrell-Edmondson said. "He will be able to help us experience future success, and we can't go any place but up."
UNLV finished in last at the 2003 Mountain West Conference cross country championships.
Sanchez has more than 12 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.
Sanchez has coached eight conference champions, 40 all-conference performers and two national qualifiers in track and field and he has coached 21 all-conference runners in cross country. He also coached Joyce Chepchumba, a three-time London Marathon winner.
"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 has also coached at the Olympic level, working with the Kenyan Olympic team for eight weeks prior to the 1996 Olympic Games.
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.