UNLV Looking at High School Coach?
Report has Bishop Gorman’s Sanchez pegged for Rebels
UNLV was one of the first college football coaching jobs to open up after the resignation of former head coach Bobby Hauck in November, but while other schools have already filled their head coaching spots, College Football Talk reports that the wait may lay on the result of a high school football game.
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School football coach Tony Sanchez is set to become Hauck’s successor with the Rebels, with “the only thing left to be done is for the Board of Regents to approve the deal.” In a subsequent conversation with the Las Vegas Sun, Sanchez, whose unbeaten Gorman squad will play in the state championship game Saturday, downplayed the report as he attempts to focus himself and his team on the game at hand — while at the same time acknowledging there will be a decision to make.
It wouldn’t be the first time a prep coach has made the jump to big time college football, Auburn’s Gus Mahlzan was coaching at a high school as recently as 2005, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze was coaching prep ball in 2004 but even they had seasons as a position coach or coordinator before taking the big office. Recently fired Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship coached powerhouse Tulsa Union high school to multiple titles before joining the Hurricane’s staff in 2007.
Sanchez has a history of producing talent, from 2019-2013 alone, over 20 players earned scholarships to Division 1 schools.