KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chris Santo '15, the Assistant Coach of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team, was recently recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in its 2017-18 Under Armour 30-under-30 honorees.
The annual list recognizes up-and-coming young coaches in men's college basketball across Division I, II and III.
Since joining the program as a coach prior to the 2016-17 season, the Hawks have recorded a 42-18 overall record and have made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Helping the squad to an NE10 Championship in 2017, Saint Anselm has averaged north of 80 points per game in the last two seasons.
During his playing days on the Hilltop, Santo and the Hawks went 64-24 overall and earned three NCAA Tournament bids and appeared in the 2014 NCAA East Regional Final. He currently ranks 15th in program history with 1,487 points and ninth with 588 field goals made. His 16.9 points per game across a three-year career is the 10th-best figure in team history.
During his senior year, Santo averaged 21.4 points per game on 62.2% shooting and was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Year and an All-NE-10 First Team selection. He was also named to the NABC All-America Team, NABC East All-District First Team and Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention squad. He also appeared in the NABC Reese's Division II College All-Star Game.
From its Assistant Coach position, the men's basketball team at Saint Anselm has developed top-level coaching talent under the tutelage of Keith Dickson, the Head Coach of the Hawks since the 1986-87 season. James Cosgrove '87 (Head Coach, Trinity (Conn.)), Sean Ryan '96 (Associate Head Coach, Central Conn. St.) and Thomas Baudinet '11 (Assistant Coach, New Haven) join countless graduates of Saint Anselm coaching basketball in the high school and collegiate ranks today.