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Mike Santello
Position: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Alma Mater: Eastern
Graduating Year: 2008
Email: santello@pobox.upenn.edu

Promoted to the role of Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator in July of 2013, Mike Santello recently completed his fifth season as an assistant coach at Penn in 2016.

In 2016, Santello helped the Quakers to an Ivy League-best .282 average and 32 home runs. He also helped both catchers capture Ivy League honors with Tim Graul winning Ivy League Player of the Year and Matt O'Neill winning Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

In 2015, Santello assisted in guiding Penn to a 22-15 overall record, with a 16-4 Ivy League mark. The 16 wins in league play were the most in program history. The Quakers fell to Columbia, 4-2, in a playoff game to determine the Ivy League Gehrig Division title.

The Quakers were ninth in the nation in slugging percentage at .494 and seventh in doubles per game. Penn also led the Ivy League in earned run average on the mound and slugging percentage at the plate, while finishing second in batting average and home runs offensively. 

Senior catcher Austin Bossart was named Co-Ivy League Player of the Year, the first under Yurkow, and the fifth in program history. He was also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award recognizing the nation's best catcher. Bossart was drafted in the 14th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015.

The Quakers had five players selected First-team All-Ivy, three Second-team All-Ivy, and two named All-Ivy Honorable mention. The 10 players recognized as All-Ivy is the most in program history, breaking last seasons mark of nine players earning All-Ivy recognition.

In 2014, Penn finished tied atop the Ivy League Gehrig Division at the end of the regular season and faced off against Columbia, falling 4-0, in a one game playoff for the right to play in the Ivy League Championship series.

A program record nine players were named All-Ivy at the end of the season, with four first-team selections, two second-team selections, and three named honorable mention. Throughout the course of the spring, the Quakers earned four Ivy League Player of the Week awards, also a program record.

Working with hitters and catchers, Santello has helped guide a Penn offense that has scored over 200 runs the past two seasons, and in 2014 the Quakers finished ranked 21st in the nation in slugging percentage (0.419), 10th in doubles per game, and 13th in home runs per game. He's also worked with catcher Austin Bossart, who was named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list the past two seasons. 

Prior to Penn, Santello previously served at his alma mater, Eastern, where he spent three seasons as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach as well.

A four-year standout at Eastern on the field for the Eagles, Santello earned All-PAC honors in his senior season. A three-year captain of the Eagles, Santello was consistently at or near the top of his club's offensive categories while carrying a .980 fielding percentage at second base.

In addition to his stint coaching at Eastern, Santello has served as Camp Director for the Last Chance Camp at Eastern University and Swarthmore College, a camp he developed. During the offseasons, he has also worked as an instructor at the Triple Crown Academy in Limerick, Pa. while guest instructing at John Cole's Baseball Camps, the Best in Virginia Camp, the Naval Academy Baseball Camp, and the Top 96 Baseball Camp.

A native of Pottstown, Pa., Santello graduated from Eastern in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in history and earned his Masters of Education at Eastern in December of 2012.

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