Joel Sanchez is entering his second year at the helm of the North Carolina A&T baseball program after beginning his tenure in August 2011.
His experience in recruiting and molding players is reflected by the high number of players who have been drafted by Major League Baseball since he started coaching in 2001. His focus with his players is working on mechanics and fundamentals, and helping student-athletes to maximize their potential on and off the diamond.
He led the Aggies to a 20-36 finish overall and a 12-12 record in the MEAC in 2012. The Aggies had four players named All-MEAC in 2012. The Aggies also competed in the MEAC tournament, and were one of the last four teams standing in the tournament after losing a competitive 4-2 game to Delaware State, the 2012 North Division Champions. In his first year, the Aggies made marked improvement in the pitching staff's results. The Aggies lowered their team ERA by nearly two runs from 2011.
Also under his management, A&T baseball student-athletes were active in the community and highly successful in the classroom. A total of 17 players earned 2011 Fall Dean's List honors, and 14 earned 2012 Spring A&T Dean's List honors. The A&T baseball team had nine players earn 2012 MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic team honors.
Prior to joining A&T, Sanchez was an assistant baseball coach at Daytona State College for one season in 2011. Sanchez was as an assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman University from 2001-08. He helped the Wildcats earn seven MEAC Championships, and an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional each time. With the Wildcats, he helped develop the pitching staff and was also the recruiter coordinator for the program. He coached 15 players and recruited three more that were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Sanchez also recruited and coached four MEAC Players of the Year (including assistant coach Wes Timmons), two MEAC Rookies of the Year and two MEAC Pitchers of the Year. In his tenure at Bethune-Cookman, the Wildcats had 50 All-MEAC selections.
Sanchez also served as a minor league pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Nationals, the rookie-level minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals in 2010, and the Vermont Lake Monsters, the short season Class A affiliate of the Nationals in 2009.
He played professionally with the Cuidad Juarez of Chihuahua, Mexico from 1997-99. He was also a two-year letterman at New Mexico State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1998. He competed as a pitcher and a shortstop for the New Mexico State Aggies.
Sanchez is a native of Jal, N.M.