Joey Sanchez has been named the head football coach at St. Michael High School, where he previously served as assistant coach.
Coach Sanchez came to SMHS last year, knowing he wanted to be part of the school’s football program. When the head football coaching position became available, Sanchez seized the opportunity. “I am very excited about being the next head football coach at SMHS. I look forward to building on the foundation of hard work and commitment Coach Hutchinson laid down last year,” he said.
Coach Sanchez also says he wants to focus on getting SMHS football to the next level as a top sport at the school. “My main goal is to continue to raise the culture around our football program by holding the student-athletes to the highest level of commitment. I want our football program to rival many of our other sports programs and compete on a yearly basis for district titles and state championships.”
Athletic Director, Robert Smith, says Sanchez is a great fit for this position. “We knew he was the best choice with his experience and insight, and more than ten years of coaching high school football. He brings a wealth of knowledge and it’s great to have someone on staff that we feel can continue to grow and develop the program, while also promoting excellence in our young men on and off the field.”
This past year the SMHS football team made it to the Regional Round of State Playoffs with four players receiving All-District Team Honors. Seven students also made the Academic All-State team.
Current SMHS head coach, Justin Hutchinson, accepted a position as defensive coordinator with Central High School, where he will start for the 2018-19 school year.