Pasadena City College
Bill Sanchez (7th Season in 2014)
Career Record: 66-15, .815 win percentage
In his six years in charge of the women's badminton program, Head Coach Bill Sanchez has brought the Lancers to new heights. He directed PCC to its first Southern California Region crown and finished CCCAA State runner-up in 2010. Named the California Community College Women's Badminton Coaches Association President, Sanchez will be in his seventh season in 2014.
In 2012, he coached the Lancers first state champion in individual singles as freshman Angie Ortiz captured the CCCAA title with a 3-set win in the finals at San Diego City College. Ortiz was later named PCC's 2011-2012 Women's Athlete of the Year for all sports. The team won 13 straight matches at one point before San Diego City handed PCC a loss in the SoCal Championship match.
Under Sanchez's leadership, the Lancers have won five consecutive South Coast Conference team titles as well as sweeping the All-SCC individual singles and doubles championships in all five seasons. In both the 2011 and 2012 team season, the Lancers went undefeated in conference play for the first time with 12-0 records.
Sanchez's Lancers had an impressive, school-record 41-match conference win streak dating back to 2010 snapped this past season in a loss to East Los Angeles.
In 2011, The 3-time, SCC Coach of the Year guided the play of conference singles champion Jewy Liang and doubles champs, JK Nguyen-Le and Amy Ly. Nguyen-Le was named the SCC Player of the Year for overall dual meet play. Liang won back-to-back, singles consolation titles at the CCCAA Individual Championships in 2010-2011. The team finished 13-2.
In 2010, he coached Iris Xu, who captured the conference singles and doubles crowns, winning in doubles with partner Nguyen-Le. In the SoCal title match held at PCC, the Lancers defeated San Diego City College, 12-9, clinching the match only when the doubles team of Liang and Anna Tom won their No. 2 match with a 21-19 win in the third and final set.
In the state individuals, Xu and Nguyen-Le took third-place medals in both singles and doubles. PCC finished the season with a sparkling 13-2 overall record.
In 2009, Sanchez coached SCC individual singles champion Priscilla Lun, ranked No. 11 in the nation by U.S. Badminton, and saw Lun team with Angela Chinn to win the SCC doubles crown. Lun would go undefeated in all of her matches in '09, a Lancers' first. PCC finished
In 2008, Sanchez coached the South Coast Conference individual doubles champions in Nina Ruedas and Angeline Kornelus. The team finished a successful 9-3 overall and placed second in the conference.
Prior to his arrival at PCC, Sanchez was a long-time physical education teacher at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Sanchez taught club badminton and badminton classes regularly at Flintridge before retiring from the high school after 20 years on the job (1985-2005). Sanchez was a head coach in a variety of sports at FSHA, including basketball, volleyball, and tennis.
After attending Loyola High School, Sanchez went on to play as an All-Metropolitan Conference volleyball setter at LA Valley College and also played tennis for the Monarchs.
He graduated with a bachelor's in P.E. at Cal State Los Angeles and earned his master's degree at Azusa Pacific University.
Sanchez lives in Glendora and has two adult children in son Patrick and daughter Aunie.
In 14 seasons since it was certified as a California Community College intercollegiate sport in 2000, women's badminton has made a successful run at Pasadena City College. The program won 10 South Coast Conference titles, including the past five years consecutively.
Eight times the Lancers have made it to the Southern California championship finals in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
PCC has five times hosted the State Championships at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2013.
PCC plays its regular season dual matches in the South Coast Conference, competing against El Camino, East Los Angeles, and ECC Compton Center.
Bonnie Lee (retired)
5-time South Coast Conference
"JK" Nguyen-Le was an assistant coach in 2012 after finishing a fine, 2-year career as a Lancer top ladder player.