Sanchez interacting with the bench during a game. Photo provided by Charlotte Athletics

Chancellor Phillip DuBois and Athletic Director Mike Hill have made a big move in hiring Charlotte’s new men’s basketball coach, Ron Sanchez.

“I would like to thank Chancellor Dubois and Director of Athletics Mike Hill for this incredible opportunity,” Sanchez said. “I am honored and humbled that they have entrusted me with their men’s basketball program. I have waited a long time for the right fit and I truly believe in the leadership of this department. I cannot be more excited to get started.

Sanchez has been on staff at nationally-ranked Virginia for the past nine years, and has been the associate head coach for the last three. In his time there, Virginia has seen three ACC regular season titles, two ACC tournament titles, has made six appearances in the NCAA tournament and one appearance in the NIT. In their tournament appearances, they have received a No. 1 seed, three times.

Prior to being hired by Charlotte, Sanchez played a big part in two-time National Coach of the Year Tony Bennett’s career as well, during their time at Washington State and Virginia.

Before working as a coach at Virginia, Sanchez was an assistant coach at Washington State. During his time at Washington State, they appeared in the NCAA tournament twice as well as playing in the NIT once. In the seasons through 2006-2008, the team tied their school record with 26 wins. In 2008, the Cougars made it to the Sweet 16 and played in Charlotte. During his time with the Cougars, he was integral in recruiting NBA All-Star and former Washington State star, Klay Thompson.

“Ron Sanchez embodies everything we could possibly want in a head basketball coach,” Hill said. “His reputation is impeccable as a teacher, leader, assessor and developer of talent, and recruiter. Most importantly, he is a man of high character and integrity. This is a great day for the Charlotte 49ers.”

Before coaching at Washington State, he was the director of operations from 2002-2005. For the two seasons before, he was a volunteer assistant coach at University of Indiana and while helping them to reach the NCAA Tournament Championship game in 2002, he earned a masters degree in athletic administration/sports management.

Sanchez’s coaching career began at State University of New York College at Oneonta for the 1998-99 season, after he graduated from there in 1997. In 1996 he was named State University of New York Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship Most Valuable Player.

After his coaching season at Oneonta, he was the associate head coach for Delhi College for two years. Within those two years Delhi won 31 games, earned the Region III championship and went on to finish fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship Tournament.

Sanchez also had the opportunity to take part as an assistant coach for the Dominican Republic National Team in the summer of 2013, to finish fourth at the FIBA Americas Championship in order to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championships for the first time since 1978.

The Charlotte men’s basketball team had a dismal 6-23 season this year, collecting on two conference wins.