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.