Welcome to Interview #35.
I am excited to present to you NCAA Division 2 Men’s Basketball Coach, Omar Sanchez of Holy Names University. Today you will hear directly from Coach Sanchez. Special Thanks to Holy Names Sports Information for conducting the interview.
Coach Omar Sanchez enters his fifth year as the Head Coach Basketball Coach at Holy Names. Sanchez spent eight seasons as a top assistant to former head coach and mentor Dennis Jones.
Enjoy watching this brilliant coach talk directly to prospective college athletes!
In 2003-04 Sanchez played a vital role helping the Lady Hawks to a 33-4 record, a Cal Pac championship and a trip to the NAIA Div. II National Tournament where they lost in the “Sweet Sixteen”.
Coach Sanchez has contributed to the success of the program assisting in winning five conference championships, five conference tournament championships, five national tournament appearances, and one sweet-sixteen.
In his thirteen years at HNU, Coach Sanchez has carried many hats, starting as a strength and conditioning coach followed by being Coach Jones top assistant. For five and a half years he also served the department as an Associate Director of Athletics overseeing game management, sports information, SAAC advisor, Co-Director of the Experiential Learning Program, overseeing court sports which included men’s and women’s volleyball and women’s basketball, and also assisted the Director of Athletics in day to day operations.
Currently Coach Sanchez continues to serve as the SAAC Advisor and continues to build the Experiential Learning Program at HNU.
Sanchez received a BS in Biology from Holy Names University and also completed his Master in Education with an emphasis in physical fitness where he studied the “What is the impact of a year round periodization program on overall confidence and fitness of an intercollegiate college men’s basketball team.”
Sanchez also leads the department’s Master Coaching Program, ensuring ethical coaching and leadership. Sanchez started at UC Davis, but after blowing out his ACL and having reconstructive knee surgery, Sanchez transferred Solano College where as a captain and All Conference player guided the Falcons to second place finish in the Bay Valley Conference and play-off berth as he averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Sanchez then transferred to Holy Names and helped lead his team as a two year captain and defensive player to one California Pacific Conference Championship, two California Pacific Conference Tournament Championship, and two appearances in the National Tournament, the last time Holy Names has been to the dance prior to the appearance in 2006. In his two year stint with the Hawks, Holy Names was #1 in the country in many defensive categories, a great reason for their success.
Sanchez, a native of Los Angeles, CA, lives in Oakland. Omar is married to a Calgary, Canada native Marinella Sanchez and has two daughters, Mila Eustolia Sanchez and Ella Jolie Sanchez.