Assistant Coach Mike Santoro
Professional baseball player Mike Santoro begins his third season as an assistant coach with the Messiah baseball program in the spring of 2012. He joined the Falcons’ ranks last season after serving as an assistant baseball coach at nearby York College.
"I am thrilled once again to be part of such a high-caliber Christian baseball program at Messiah,” Santoro said. “It's a dream job for me to be able to serve, encourage, counsel and coach such fine Christian men. I pray that God will use me to strengthen their skills and sharpen their lives as Godly men. I look forward to working with Coach DeRiggs' team this year."
Santoro, a catcher and bullpen coach on the 2009 and 2010 Atlantic League Champion Somerset (NJ) Patriots, playing and coaching under former major leaguer Sparky Lyle, will specifically work the catchers and hitters at Messiah. He will also coach third base.
“I’m excited to have Mike join our program,” said former Messiah head coach Bryan Engle upon Santoro's hiring. “He is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff and will be a great influence on the young men that he will work with on a daily basis. With his background and experiences, he will have a lot to share and all of our players will benefit from working with Mike.”
A 2008 graduate of York, Santoro played collegiately at Seton Hall University and Villanova University before completing his MBA degree, and athletic eligibility, in the Spartans’ program. Following graduation, Santoro was signed to a free-agent contract with the Atlantic City Surf of the Canadian American League of Professional Baseball where he played in the summer of 2008 under former Major Leaguer Cecil Fielder.
Santoro concluded his two-year career at York with a .343 career average with 60 RBI, 53 runs scored and 90 hits, 30 of which were for extra bases. A two-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection, Santoro batted .371 in his senior year including a .459 on-base percentage.
Santoro is recently married and he and his wife Rachel reside in York, Pa.