The Summit League's Omaha Mavericks filled their vacant head coaching position today, announcing the hiring of DJ Sanchez as the program's new leader.
Sanchez comes to Omaha after four seasons as head coach at NAIA St. Gregory's University. She posted a 172-47 mark at St. Gregory's, including an 81-25 record against conference foes. During her tenure, the Cavaliers twice advanced to the NAIA World Series.
Prior to becoming the Cavaliers' head coach, Sanchez served as an assistant coach at Kansas and as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, her alma mater.
As a student-athlete, Sanchez posted a 76-23 career record in the circle for the Sooners from 2006-2009, holding top-ten spots in eight categories in the program's all-time record books. She was part of four consecutive Sooner squads that earned an NCAA tournament berth, as well as the 2007 conference title. Sanchez earned all-American honors in 2008 and was selected with the second overall pick in the NPF draft after her senior season of 2009.
She takes the reins of an Omaha program that said a surprising goodbye to longtime head coach Jeanne Scarpello this offseason. The Mavericks finished second in the Summit League regular-season standings in '16, posting a 30-29 record with a 12-5 mark in conference play.