He didn't realize at the time that he would be on the opposing side when the game actually came about.
On Friday, Sanchez took his CU Buffs to Madrid Complex to face a Wyoming squad that he was largely responsible for building.
"For me, It was a little surreal in warm-ups seeing a lot of people that, obviously, were very important to me and my family while we were here," said Sanchez, who coached Wyoming from 2008-11. "Once the game started, it was back to being a typical competitive match against two good teams."
Sanchez and assistants Jason Green and Don Trentham all worked together at Wyoming, so for all of them, this was no ordinary game.
It wasn't ordinary for Wyoming's players, either. Sanchez led Wyoming to a 36-34-11 record the past four years, including a program-best 12-6-4 record a year ago.
"We're always happy when our coaches have a new opportunity that they're excited about it," said Wyoming senior Jenny Johnson, who was recruited by Sanchez out of Rocky Mountain High School. "Obviously he did good for us, so we wanted him around, but we're happy for him."
Johnson said she and her teammates knew it wouldn't be easy to face Sanchez.
"We expected it to be a tough game," she said. "He's a good coach and he always knows what to do with good teams. We knew it was going to be a tough one."
Sanchez, who took Wyoming to Boulder last year and stole a 1-0 win from CU, also knew this wasn't going to be an easy one.
"It's a very good team," he said of the Cowgirls. "We recruited most of those players and they're only getting better."
Sanchez admitted that going into it he downplayed what this game meant to him. Still, he and Green and Trentham accomplished what they wanted by getting a win for CU.
"I want them to do well, of course," he said of the Cowgirls, "but I'm pleased with how we played and how we performed today."
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