UNLV set to introduce powerhouse high school coach Tony Sanchez

BY Bruce Feldman • December 10, 2014

Tony Sanchez, the coach at Las Vegas' powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School, will be announced as UNLV's new head coach at 1 p.m. PT Thursday, a source told FOX Sports.

The move has been expected for weeks and is one of the most interesting coaching hires of the silly season. 

Sanchez's prep program won its sixth straight state championship Saturday. He has the blessing of Lorenzo Fertitta, who is the CEO of the UFC and a major backer for a program in desperate need of financial support. Fertitta's son, Lorenzo, is a standout defensive back who plays for Sanchez and is committed to Notre Dame. 

Sanchez is believed to be just the fourth coach to make the direct jump from high school to FBS head coach, joining Todd Dodge, Gerry Faust and Bob Commings.

Dodge, at North Texas, ended up just 6-37. In five seasons at Notre Dame, Faust went 30-26-1. Commings spent five seasons as Iowa's head coach in the mid-70s and went 18-37.

Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FOX Sports 1. He is also a New York Times best-selling author. His new book, "The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks," came out in October. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB.


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