Sanchez resigns at Charlotte to rejoin UVA personnel

  • Jeff Borzello, ESPN Staff WriterJun 6, 2023, 01:03 PM ET


    • Basketball recruiting insider.
    • Signed up with ESPN in 2014.
    • Graduate of University of Delaware.Ron Sanchez stepped

down as the Charlotte males’s basketball head coach on Tuesday and will return to Virginia as associate head coach under Tony Bennett.Sanchez is coming off a season in which he assisted the 49ers to a 22-14 record and College Basketball Invitational championship. He was at the helm for five years.” This is a bittersweet day for me and my family as I step down to pursue other chances,”Sanchez said in his resignation announcement.”It has been a remarkable advantage to lead the 49ers basketball program over the past five years and I want to thank Niner Country for its assistance. I will be forever grateful to my staff, players and the University. I can just hope that the effect we made on our student-athletes is as strong as the impact they have actually made on us.”Shortly after Charlotte revealed his departure, Virginia announced Sanchez would be returning to the program where he spent nine seasons on Bennett’s personnel.”The University of Virginia is really unique to me and my household, “Sanchez said in his declaration.”It is the only institution I would vacate my head coaching position for. I’m happy for the opportunity to return to Grounds with a newfound lens and viewpoint. “I’m also excited to reconnect with the staff and join their efforts in sustaining the incredible success this program has actually had over the last decade.

I look forward to serving Coach Bennett, the personnel, the student-athletes and our community.”During his five seasons at Charlotte, Sanchez went 72-78– capped off by 22 wins this past season, the program’s most in more than twenty years.”

We are thrilled to invite Ron and his family back to the University of Virginia,”Bennett stated.”Ron played an essential part in structure this program and

was a pillar in the neighborhood. He is an outstanding recruiter and coach, and truly connects with student-athletes. Ron’s last five years as a head coach improves what he will bring back to our basketball program.”Sanchez’s departure comes in a time of transition for Charlotte’s athletic department, as the school is moving from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference next season. The guys’s basketball program hasn’t reached the NCAA tournament because 2005.”Ron took control of a happy however struggling program and thoroughly reconstructed it into a 22-game winner. He has actually led with class, dignity and dedication to our boys. His choice to step down from Charlotte was a difficult one for him and everyone associated with our program. We want him and his household every happiness,”Charlotte athletic director Mike Hill stated.”Our competitive goals are clear. We are driven to routinely compete for American Athletic Championship game and go back to the NCAA tournament. We have actually begun a national look for our next head coach and are delighted about the future. “

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