Mr. Santoro has more than 30 years of coaching experience. A former Manhasset High School teammate of Duke University starting guard Tom Emma (1980-1984), he has played with and against many former Division I and professional athletes including Matt Doherty (UNC), Frank Brickowski (NY Knicks), George Bruns (NY Nets), and Bill Wennington (Chicago Bulls). Coach Santoro starting his coaching career while playing for Clarkson University. He worked the summer months as a coach/counselor for many basketball camps including Five Star and Eastern Invitational. After graduating from Clarkson with a BS and MBA, Mr. Santoro moved to Poughkeepsie where he volunteered his time to both the Saint Mary’s Fishkill and Saint Martin’s De Pores CYO basketball programs.
Mr. Santoro was hired as the Junior Varsity Coach at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in 1987 under then Head Coach Tom O’Neil and was named the Varsity Head Coach two years later. He has directed the basketball program at OLL for the last 30 years and has amassed over 350 wins, won 6 league tittles, two section titles 6 appearances at the Westchester County Center and has been honored as Coach Of the Year 6 times by various media outlets. In 1996, Mr. Santoro, along with former Head Marist coach Dave Magarity, formed the Hudson Valley River Rats. One year later he formed and developed the now current Edge Athletics Club Sports Education Program, the longest running AAU program in the area.
Over the many years of teaching and coaching, Mr. Santoro has helped dozens of student-athletes move on to play in college. In addition, more than 15 former players of his have gone on to coach at either the high school or college level including Adam Crawford (NYU), Paul Fanuele (Our Lady of Lourdes / John Jay High School), Matt Hayes (Our Lady of Lourdes / John Jay / Red Hook High School), Ryan Peek (Millbrook High School), Matt Hoyt (Our Lady of Lourdes / Arlington High School), Andy Hoyt (Our Lady of Lourdes), Mark Brooks (Highland High School), Matt Donahue (Our Lady of Lourdes), Rob Pisanelli (Eastern Carolina), Mark Kutchma (Dover High School / Charter School, N.J.), Rob Santoro (Binghamton University), Brandon Breitfeller (Our Lady of Lourdes / Dover High School), Dom Garbellano (Our Lady of Lourdes), Chris Santoro (Poughkeepsie Day School), Matt Covucci (Our Lady of Lourdes high School), Tom Jordan (Carmel High School / Our Lady of Lourdes High School), and Kelby Santoro (SUNY Oneonta / Our Lady of Lourdes High School).
Today, Mr. Santoro works with student athletes in multiple counties, helping them to achieve their goals. In addition to his tenure at Lourdes and Edge Athletics, he has become the premier shooting instructor in the northeast and has worked with hundreds of athletes helping them improve their shooting.
Mr. Santoro resides in Poughkeepsie with his wife Lynn and has four children, all boys, and all play the game.