Sanchez comes to MCU after years of experience working at the university level. He built the Loyola Marymount University Women's Tennis Program in 1975, and ran the program for 40 consecutive years. For 21 of those seasons, he also coached the LMU Men's Tennis Team.
In 2002, Sanchez guided the Lady Lions to their first ever West Coast Conference Championship. With the win, Sanchez and the Lions advanced to the NCAA Division I National Championships as a team for the first time in program history. He was named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight year in 2002, and in 2006 he earned his third WCC Coach of the Year honor. In his first 31 years at the helm of the Lions' program, Sanchez's teams never finished lower than fourth in the WCC.
Throughout the years, Sanchez had four players earn LMU Athlete of the Year honors. He also had 34 players earn All-WCC honors as singles players, while 16 doubles teams earned all-conference accolades. In 2006, a record-equaling six Lions received All-WCC recognition. In addition, eight of his players earned Academic All-WCC honors, and he had 40 National Scholar-Athlete selections since 1990.
Not only has Sanchez been a coach at Loyola, but he was a student-athlete there as well. He earned eight varsity letters in tennis and football at LMU from 1969 to 1974. He graduated from LMU in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in English, and later went on to complete his masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in May of 2013. In February of 1993, Sanchez was inducted into the Loyola Marymount Athletics Hall of Fame. He became a two-time inductee in 2003 when he was inducted again with the 1969 Club National Championship football team. Sanchez served in many different capacities throughout his tenure at LMU. He coached the men's tennis team for 21 seasons (1975-96) and posted 211 Division I victories. He was an assistant coach for both the football and men's soccer teams in the 1970's, and served as the head athletic trainer and equipment manager in 1978 and 1979. He was also the NCAA Division I Chair of the West Region and served on the NCAA Tennis Committee. Sanchez has been a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) since 1968, and a member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) since 1987. In addition to all of his duties, Sanchez also served as the Head Tennis Professional at the El Segundo Recreation Center.