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Abel Sánchez, a three-time All-American at the University of Michigan and a 2000 Summer Olympics participant, has been named the Diving Coach at the University of Arkansas.
“I would like to thank Neil Harper for this opportunity in leading the diving Razorbacks,” Sánchez said. “I look forward to working with Neil and the entire staff in creating a TEAM environment conducive to learning, having fun, and winning. I appreciate the entire athletic department for welcoming me and my family.
Sánchez was the CEO/Head Diving Coach at Dive Calgary. “Canada was great to me and my family and I am thankful for the opportunities and people we met in Calgary.”
Sánchez served as the head diving coach at North Carolina from 2013-2018. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named the 2017 ACC Men’s Diving Coach of the Year and the 2016 ACC Women’s Diving Coach of the Year.
Sánchez came to Chapel Hill from the University of New Mexico, where he had served as the diving coach 2004-2013.
At New Mexico, he was the 2011 and 2012 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year. He coached six Mountain West Conference champions, two NCAA All-Americans, 37 MWC finalists, and three divers who earned the MWC Diver of the Year.
A standout diver in Ann Arbor as a collegian at the University of Michigan, Sánchez was a four-time All-America and an Academic All-America. He helped the Michigan Wolverines to four consecutive Big 10 titles and a National Championship for the Maize and Blue in 1995.
Sánchez went on to represent Peru, on three-meter springboard and platform at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Sánchez, a Holland, Mich., native, is married to Leanne and the couple has two daughters, Bryze and Maizie, and a son, Rio.