Sanchez Joins Husky Women's Tennis Coaching Staff

July 14, 2006

SEATTLE -- University of Washington women's tennis coach Jill Hultquist announced the hiring of Fernando Sanchez as an assistant coach. Sanchez replaces former Husky All-American Claire Carter, who assisted Hultquist for one season.

Sanchez was a standout men's tennis player for Virginia Commonwealth University from 2000-2002. Sanchez's best year was 2000 when he compiled a 26-3 singles record and 18-5 doubles record. He was ranked as high as No. 64 in the nation that year and helped the Rams to the NCAA Championship Finals where they fell to Stanford. Sanchez earned Rookie of the Year for VCU that season and earned First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Singles and Doubles honors.

Sanchez has been serving as Junior Academy Director in Texas, responsible for training the top players in the Lone Star State since February of 2005. Prior to that, Sanchez was an assistant coach at VCU for both the men and women's tennis teams from 2002-2003. While assisting at his alma mater, the Rams won the CAA Championship on both the men and women's side.

Sanchez has also dabbled in the professional ranks, most recently playing for the Houston Wranglers in the World Team Cup, teaming with Jan-Michael Gambill, Stefi Graf and Mardy Fish. Sanchez has also sparred with some of the best tennis players in the world, helping train Boris Becker, Anke Huber and Marc Kevin Goelner for Grand Slam tournaments.

'He was an outstanding college tennis player,' said Hultquist. 'He is very excited about getting back into college coaching after working with the women's tennis team at VCU when they were ranked in the Top-20 nationally.'

Sanchez graduated from VCU in December of 2003, majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in mathematics and physics.

Fernando Sanchez career stats from VCU:
1999-2000
Singles: 26-3
Doubles: 18-5
CAA Rookie of the Year
First Team All-CAA Singles and Doubles

2000-01
Singles: 19-12 (12-8 dual)
Doubles: 10-10 (10-10 dual)
First Team All-CAA Singles and Doubles

2001-02
Singles: 11-3 (10-2 dual)
Doubles: 9-5 (9-5 dual)
Second Team All-CAA Doubles

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