Nick Sanchez enters his third season as UAlbany's cornerbacks coach in 2017.
In 2016, his cornerbacks helped UAlbany led the CAA in total turnovers forced with 32, including 17 interceptions. Second Team All-CAA cornerback Rayshan Clark finished with five interceptions and two fumble recoveries, earning defensive touchdowns in three games, including the game-winner vs. Stony Brook.
Sanchez comes to UAlbany after three seasons at Ave Maria University where he served as Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Under his direction, the Gyrenes ranked seventh in the country in third down defense, holding the opposition to a 28.9 percent conversion rate in 2014. In addition, four members of the defense were selected to the All-Sun Conference Team. In 2013, Sanchez helped lead Ave Maria to an 8-2 overall record and an Independent Conference Championship, and was selected to coordinate the defense for the NAIA team in the NAIA vs. D2 Senior Bowl.
Prior to Ave Maria, Sanchez was a Graduate Assistant at Syracuse University. Sanchez assisted Coach Scott Shafer with the defensive backs during the 2011 season and assisted with coaching the linebackers during the Spring of 2012.
A 2008 graduate of Stanford University, Sanchez signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent and then played with the Central Valley Coyotes and the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League. At the conclusion of his professional football career, Sanchez began his coaching career as the defensive backs mentor at Pace University in 2010.
A four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Stanford, Sanchez closed his Cardinal career with 153 tackles, including eight for a loss of yards, seven interceptions, 19 passes defended three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Sanchez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Stanford and is working towards his Master of Science degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University.