UNLV announced Friday that the school has agreed “in principle” to a three-year contract extension for head football coach Tony Sanchez.
Sanchez, who left Bishop Gorman High School after directing the Gaels to the first of their three consecutive national championships, originally signed a four-year contract in December of 2014. He has compiled a 7-17 record in his first two seasons at the helm of the Rebels including a 4-8 finish last season that was highlighted by a wild 69-66 triple-overtime win over Mountain Division champ Wyoming.
According to the school press release, “University leaders are working on terms of the agreement, which will be announced when finalized.”
The timing of the announcement comes just five days before National Letter of Intent Signing Day on Wednesday and no doubt will help ease the minds of perspective recruits about Sanchez’s long-term future at UNLV.
“Tony signed a four-year contract and halfway through it, we are even more convinced he is the answer to the question of how to make UNLV Football consistently successful,” outgoing UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in the release. “Continuity is important in turning this program around and Tony’s success in building a roster, building the brand and building interest and support throughout the community has earned him an extension to see that vision realized.”
“I want to thank President (Len) Jessup and Tina for their continued support along with the entire Southern Nevada community, which has been unbelievable throughout our first two years here,” Sanchez said. “I am so excited to be leading UNLV Football for years to come.”