Head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced the hiring of former Aggie Erica Sanchez as the third assistant to the program in the summer of 2013. Sanchez played basketball for the Aggies from 2007-12 and was coached by Trakh during the 11-12 season.
She served as an assistant coach during the 2013-14 before becoming the Director of Player Development after the season.
In the 2013-14 season, Sanchez coached the Aggies to an 11-20 overall record, going 7-9 in conference play. With a majority of their games on the road, the Aggies averaged 71.4 points per game with a -2.8 scoring margin against their opponents.
At the 2014 WAC Championship, Sanchez assisted in leading the Aggies to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2008. She guided the Aggies to a come-from-behind win over No. 4 Texas Pan American in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 1 seed Idaho 65-75.
Sophomore guard Abby Scott was named WAC Player of the Week during her performance in the week of Jan. 13-19. Sanchez helped guide Scott as she hit a career-high 36 points, including 11 three pointers, which broke the WAC and NM State record for three pointers in a game and putting her to tie for second in the NCAA. During the game, Scott posted five rebounds and four assists in the Aggie win against Chicago State (1/16). Scott followed the game with another 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two assists in a win against Kansas City (1/18).
During the season, Sanchez and the Aggie coaching staff led junior guard Danesia Williamson was named to the 2014 All-WAC second team and all-tournament team after her performance during conference play. At the WAC Tournament, Williamson scored a career-high 37 points in the quarterfinals win over Texas - Pan American (3/12) and went 17-for-19 at the line to set a new WAC and NM State record. Her 37 points tied Williamson for most points scored in a single game for NM State. She finished the year for NM State with five 30-point games and put up double-figure scoring in 21 of her 22 games.
Sanchez coached the Aggies to shoot 38.6 percent from the floor and average 71.4 points a game. He also coached four players to average double-figure scoring throughout the season. Sanchez and the Aggies won back-to-back games on three occasions and picked up a nail-biting overtime win against Utah Valley (2/1) 83-78.
Sanchez played in 97 games as an Aggie and shot a career-.380 field goal percentage. She had 278 rebounds while with NM State and worked for 185 on the defensive side of the ball. Sanchez started a total of 25 games at NM State with 39 blocks and 43 assists.
After graduating from NM State with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2012, Sanchez began her coaching career at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, Calif. She also spent the year coaching an Elite Basketball Organization (EBO) club team.
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