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Danny Sanchez aims to return the women's soccer program to glory
Two weeks ago the University of Colorado women’s soccer program announced the signing of five recruits. But the man at the podium giving the speech on National Signing Day, the one in the freshly ironed Colorado polo, is just as new to the program.
Danny Sanchez, the new head coach for women’s soccer in Boulder, has been eager to get going since his hiring in mid-December. So as winter conditioning and camp begin, the Buffs are feeling fresh and ready for the future.
“I know we are capable of doing more here and we're just excited to get going,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez comes to Boulder from the University of Wyoming. He led the Cowgirls to their best record in school history a year ago, 12-6-4, and just fell short of the Mountain West Conference title. He was in Laramie for four years and made the Pokes a formidable foe.
Prior to his stint at UW he was the head coach for Metro State College in Denver. During his six years in that position he won six straight RMAC coach of the year awards and directed the Roadrunners to a pair of Division II National Championships in 2004 and 2006. His accolades speak for themselves and his players have already bought in.
“It's undeniable he'll bring the success here to Colorado,” said junior Anne Stuller. “I mean, just if you look at what he's done. He's a really impressive coach and he has a really impressive resume. And he knows how to win.”
So while the games are in the distant future, the Buffs are bonding and getting better right now.
“They expect a lot out of us right away,” said to-be senior Amy Barczuk. She was given the opportunity to practice with the US National U-22 team last fall and has seen and played with some of the best athletes in the country. “I mean with a new coach, everyone is newly motivated and excited to get going.”
It’s a fresh start for everyone involved, and Danny Sanchez is the one undoubtedly leading the charge.
“We have a plan going forward of being successful right now,” said Sanchez.