Joan (Joe-an) Sanchez was named Head Men’s Basketball Coach in September 2011. Coach Sanchez brings a wealth of basketball experience to Union County College. Known as a fierce recruiter; he has helped to build championship programs at each stop. Most recently, he served on the bench at Felician College, an NCAA Division II program. At the Rutherford campus, he worked in recruitment, player development and opponent scouting.
Prior to Felician College, he served as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at NCAA Division II Concordia College. There he recruited several All-Conference players and 1,000-point scorers and a Met writers All-Region selection, only the second in school history. His recruiting class was ranked among the top classes in Division II and top in the East Region. In the classroom, the team increased its GPA to a decade high 2.9.
During his tenure at Hostos Community College, an NJCAA Region XV member, he held the post of special assistant to the athletic director and associate Head Men’s basketball coach. While at Hostos, he helped develop the college athletic department, helping to secure membership to the NJCAA while establishing the college’s first ever Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, and Baseball programs. He led the search to secure the college’s team name and mascot. As the Associate Head Men’s basketball coach he served a major part in the recruitment of the college NJCAA 2005 National Championship.
Joan’s college career began at Lehman College where he recruited 5 All-Conference Players, rookie of the year and the 2003 class that secured the school’s first ever trip to the NCAA National Tournament. During that span, he helped capture the Hudson Valley Athletic Conference Championship and two City of New York Athletic Conference North Division Championships.
Coach Sanchez ran the Youth Empowerment program in Queen’s NY, while also assisting the “Student-athlete Broncos Program” under the late legendary basketball coach Paul ‘Doc’ Nicelli. During this period he helped send 8 players to Division I while helping several others secure academic and athletic scholarships to Division II and III schools.
A member of the NABC, is an honorary member of the “Chico Carrasquel Foundation”.
Between seasons, his director of the “Joan Sanchez Hoop Clinics” coached at the Hoop Group Elite camp and is a frequent invited clinician at the “Puerto Rico Basketball Academy”.