Ivan Sanchez enters his fifth season as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Iowa women's soccer program.
During his time in Iowa City, Sanchez has helped the Hawkeyes to the most success in school history. Over the past two seasons, Iowa has won 25 matches, broken 10 school records and advanced to two Big Ten Tournaments. The team won a school-record 13 matches in 2011 before following with 12 victories in 2012.
Sanchez graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in finance and management. He continued his education at SIUC, earning a master's degree in sport management in 2009.
While at SIUC, Sanchez competed on the Saluki swim team. As an athlete, he was a Missouri Valley Conference champion in both 2002 and 2004 in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events. The four-year letterwinner was also an Olympic Trials qualifier for Mexico in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Sanchez also competed on the SIUC men's club soccer team.
In addition to Ivan's established competitive career, he has also shared his knowledge of the sports through multiple coaching positions. He is currently an assistant coach for the Iowa City High boys' swim team, a position he has held since 2009. Sanchez served in the same capacity for the Saluki Swim Club for ages 12-18 from 2008-09 and the DuQuoin Indians Swimming Summer League in the summer of 2008. Between 2006-09, he volunteered as an assistant coach for the Southern Illinois University swim team.
Sanchez's wife, Brianna, is a PhD student at the University of Iowa in second language acquisition.