Chris Santo '15 is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Saint Anselm men's basketball program after joining in the staff in the summer of 2016.
Across a three-year tenure on the Hilltop entering the 2019-20 season, Santo has helped the Hawks to a 68-24 overall record (.739) that includes a Northeast-10 Conference Championship in 2016-17. He assisted the team to its second-ever East Region Championship in 2018-19, coaching the Hawks to the program's highest-ever national ranking (No. 4) near the midpoint of the campaign.
Santo returned to the Hilltop after spending the last year playing for Falken Cynergi Virtus of the Malta Basketball Association in Ta'Qali, Malta. He helped lead the team to a 27-3 mark and the MBA First Division Championship by averaging 25.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.9 assists per game.
In three years at Saint Anselm, Santo and the Hawks went 64-24 overall and earned three NCAA Tournament bids, while appearing in the 2014 NCAA East Regional Final. He currently ranks 14th in program history with 1,487 points and 10th in both scoring average (16.9) and field goals made (588).
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.
Santo first came to Saint Anselm after one year at the University of Vermont, where the Catamounts won the 2012 America East Championship.
The Manchester resident graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education and history.