After 30 years as a coach, 15 as a varsity football coach in the Rio Grande Valley, and 12 seasons leading the Sharyland Rattlers program, Fred Sanchez has decided to retire.
"I just felt like it was time for me", Sanchez told Action 4 Sports on Tuesday afternoon. "I had 12 wonderful years at Sharyland, and that school became my home. But I've been looking at other endeavors, and other options, and I felt that now was the time for me and my family to make the decision."
Sanchez led the Rattlers to 95 victories and nine postseason appearances in his dozen years at Sharyland, and Athletic Director Richard Thompson praised the coach for his efforts that turned around a program that was struggling when he arrived.
"When Fred came to Sharyland, we had been to the playoffs only once in the decade of the 1990's, and what he was able to accomplish in his time here was amazing," said Thompson on Tuesday. "He came to me this morning and said retirement had been on his mind lately, that it was something he had been thinking and praying about. Coach Sanchez leaves the program in great shape, and we hope to continue the tradition of winning he established here."
Thompson added that the head football coaching position would be posted as soon as tomorrow, and that "the sooner, the better" when it comes to installing a new coach.
While he is definitely retiring from coaching, Sanchez added that he is leaving his options open for the future. "I don't anticipate coaching again, but you have to keep all of your doors open. Who knows if I might want to come back in the future?"
Sanchez' first head coaching job was at Hidalgo from 1997-1999. His career record is 116 wins and 52 losses.