|Position:||Head Diving Coach|
Liz Sanchez was named the head diving coach at the University of California San Diego in July of 2018. The 2019-20 season is her second with the Tritons.
Under Sanchez's guidance during the 2018-19 season, four Triton divers recorded scores that made them eligible to compete at the NCAA Division II Qualification Diving Meet. Of those four, two advanced to the main draw of the NCAA Championships. Brooke Abrantes ultimately earned All-America status on both the one-meter and three-meter boards at the championships.
Sanchez coaches at all levels, springboard and platform, all ages and abilities, within the Mission Viejo Nadadores Diving (MVND) club program, and continues to do so alongside her UC San Diego responsibilities. She started there by helping with the lessons program, novice team and Junior Olympic age-group divers. Sanchez is currently working under MVND head coach Michele Mitchell, a two-time Olympic silver medalist for the U.S. in 1984 and 1988 on the 10-meter platform.
Born and raised in San Diego, Sanchez has almost two decades' worth of coaching experience in swimming, diving and classical ballet, and has served as an instructor and choreographer for the City Ballet of San Diego and Balletcenter West.
Sanchez and her husband, Andy, reside in San Diego with their 10-year-old daughter, Lily. While continuing to dive in the MVND masters program, she also enjoys swimming and spending time with her husband, daughter, mother and three sisters.