A graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of the wrestling team, Gil Sanchez became an assistant coach there from 1988 to 1991. Sanchez first coached for the Tigers as an assistant coach in 1992 before becoming head coach in 1993.
"During his tenure the Tigers experienced two of the most successful seasons in Clemson wrestling history. In 1993, the Tigers produced three ACC Champions, an All-American and an NCAA Champion. They also finished 13th in the nation with a 14-6 record.
"In 1994, Clemson had its best finish ever, finishing seventh in the nation with a 14-6 record." (Ebner, Billy, staff writer, "Clemson wrestling coach resigns", The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 7A.)
The 1995 season proved very frustrating with the Tigers suffering a 4-13 record by mid-February, with no wins over ACC opponents, and only three matches left on the schedule, including the ACC Tournament. Coach Sanchez announced his resignation on February 14, 1995, saying "I have enjoyed my time at Clemson University, but I have some other opportunities professionally that have been afforded me. I feel it is time for me to pursue them. I would like to thank the Clemson family for giving me the opportunity to serve them as their head wrestling coach."
Clemson subsequently discontinued the wrestling team due to Title IX considerations.
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