Summer Camp Coordinator
Director of Operations
Experience: First Season
Graduated: Idaho State University, 2017
Experience: Fourth Season
Graduated: Colorado Mesa University, 2011
April Sanchez begins her third season as an assistant coach at Idaho State.
Sanchez joined the Bengals in July 2015 and helped the Bengals to their fourth-straight Big Sky Conference Tournament appearance and fourth-straight conference championship match in November 2015.
During Sanchez’s first season in 2015, the Bengals finished 23-10 for their fourth-straight 20-win season including a 13-3 mark in conference play. Four players earned All-Big Sky honors as Tressa Lyman, Makenzie Filer and Hayley Farrer earned first-team honors while Bailey Bars was named to the second team. Idaho State advanced to the championship match of the BSC tournament, falling 3-0 to Northern Arizona on Nov. 21.
As assistant coach, Sanchez is responsible for scouting opponents, film and stat analysis, camp coordination, and assists in recruiting. Under the direction of Sanchez, nine Bengals earned Big Sky All-Academic honors highlighted by Lyman who earned her fourth-straight Big Sky All-Academic honor and was named the first-ever CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-American in ISU volleyball history.
Prior to her arrival at Idaho State, Sanchez was the head volleyball coach at Colorado Northwestern Community College for two seasons. As the head coach, Sanchez was responsible for all aspects of the program including scheduling, game operations, academics, recruiting, fundraising, marketing, media relations and budget among other duties. During her time at CNCC, she was an active member of the CRaM Team (Communication, Recruiting and Marketing) and had in-depth knowledge of all NJCAA policies, regulations and guidelines.
During her time at CNCC, Sanchez also worked as a statistician at the NJCAA National Tournament in Casper, Wyo. during both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In that capacity, she was responsible for live-match statistical reporting via Stat Crew.
Before taking over as head coach, Sanchez spent three seasons as assistant coach at CNCC. Sanchez was also part-time faculty at CNCC, acting as a history instructor for HIS 101, 102, 201 and 202 courses.
Sanchez played volleyball at Lamar Community College from 2006-08 and was named to the 2007 All-Region IX volleyball team and the 2007 South Region IX volleyball team in addition to earning the 2007-08 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic award.
Sanchez earned her associate degree from Lamar Community College in December of 2007 and her bachelor’s in history from Colorado Mesa University in May 2011. She currently resides in Pocatello, Idaho.
Experience: First Season
Graduated: Idaho State University, 2016
Hayley Farrer-Peterson is entering her first season as assistant coach for the Idaho State volleyball team. She is primarily responsible for training and directing the setters, assisting with recruiting and practice planning, scouting and film breakdown, overseeing team academics and other duties as assigned. Farrer-Peterson has also been tasked with working with the SCORE program and ISU nutritionist Natalie Christensen to enhance the program’s nutritional knowledge.
Prior to her current appointment, Farrer-Peterson spent a year as the Student Support Graduate Assistant for ISU’s Department of Athletics in addition to working as a volunteer assistant for ISU’s volleyball program.
In her position as the Student Support Graduate Assistant, Farrer-Peterson was responsible for every aspect of Athletic Study Hall, managing workers, budget, hours and procedures. She was also responsible for developing student-athletes’ class schedules to ensure their enrollment in the correct courses as well as assisting academic advisors in evaluating transcripts, meeting with recruits, advising meeting and degree audits.
As the volunteer assistant coach for the volleyball program, Farrer-Peterson was responsible for assisting with scouting reports, assisting with the development of ISU’s liberos, assisting with the ISU volleyball camp planning in addition to creating and executing practice plans for non-traveling players.
Farrer-Peterson is no stranger to coaching, as she has been active in coaching the Idaho Falls Juniors since 2011. In her coaching experience, she has organized tryouts including what drills to include to help athletes display their abilities and team cohesion. She has also worked to develop different teaching styles and has learned how to adapt to different types of athletes.
Farrer-Peterson has also worked as a camp coach, working under former head coach Chad Tiechert at the Chad Tiechert Volleyball Camps where she had the opportunity to organize and run four-day damps for 30 to 60 athletes. During her time working for the Chad Tiechert Volleyball Camps, Farrer-Peterson was able to create and implement drills for all aspects of volleyball.
A native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Farrer-Peterson is no stranger to Idaho State as she was a standout setter for the ISU volleyball team from 2012-16. Farrer-Peterson was a two-year team captain for the Bengals and finished her career ranked fifth all-time in ISU history in career assists with 3,813 and eighth in career digs with 1,236. She was also named as one of 30 finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, was a two-time Big Sky All-Academic honoree and a two-time First Team All-Big Sky selection.
Farrer-Peterson graduated with a B.S. in sport management with a physical education emphasis and is set to graduate with her masters in athletic administration in May 2018.