Profile from North Park University website (Kevin Shepke, SID):
Sanchez enters his third season as an assistant (second as a Graduate Assistant) for North Park after a short, but successful playing career with the Vikings.
“Tony Sanchez was one of the most durable and tough players we’ve had here, as well as being one of the most productive. Last year he really grew as a student assistant. His ability to help prepare catchers and hitters is a very important asset for us, as well as his knack for helping guys with the mental side of things. His genuine upbeat attitude is something our guys appreciate as well,” says head coach Luke Johnson.
After transferring from NCAA Division I Chicago State University, Sanchez made an immediate impact for North Park in his senior season. As the Vikings’ starting catcher, he earned Second Team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin honors as well as ABCA All-Central Region and ABCA All-American honors. Sanchez had a team second-best .384 batting average, including a team-best six home runs and 15 doubles as well as two triples and 59 runs batted in, a mark that ranked fourth in the nation. In addition, his 108 total bases ranked 29th and his 71 total hits were 21st nationally. He was named CCIW Hitter of the Week March 27, 2012 and was perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases. After his successful senior season, Sanchez was then signed by the Joliet Slammers baseball team in the Frontier League.
A native of Plainfield, Illinois, Sanchez is a 2013 graduate of North Park with a degree in Criminal Justice, and is pursuing his MBA at North Park. He also played at NJCAA national power Heartland Community College in 2009 and 2010, where he was a career .343 hitter in 189 at bats, slugging at a .555 clip as a catcher for the Hawks. Heartland was 87-20 in his time there.