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January 16, 2009

Santoro is new USI men's soccer head coach


EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana Department of Athletics announced the hiring of Mat Santoro as the new men's soccer head coach. Santoro, who has a wealth of soccer experience at every level, becomes the eighth head coach in the history of the program.

"Mat Santoro has the passion to succeed that is necessary to lead this program back to championship contention," said Jon Mark Hall, USI Director of Athletics. "A colleague of mine said that Mat's character and integrity are beyond reproach and I have heard very similar comments from others that have been associated with him. I have full confidence that our young men will become both better people and champions under Mat's leadership."

Santoro comes to USI from the University of Memphis where he was an assistant coach last season. He assisted with all facets of the program during his only season with the Tigers.

Prior to Memphis, Santoro served as the women's soccer head coach at Davis and Elkins College for four seasons. Under his leadership, the Senators set school records for overall wins, conference wins, goals scored, and All-Conference selections. He also directed Davis and Elkins to its first two winning seasons and produced the programs first All-American.

He made the move to Davis and Elkins after spending four years as the men's assistant coach at Rowan University in New Jersey. While at Rowan, Santoro was the program's primary recruiter and was part of a staff that led the Profs to the Division III Final Four in 2000.

Santoro played collegiately for one season at the University of Maryland before transferring to Rowan. As a player at Rowan, he was named All-Conference three times, All-Region twice, and was a member of the 1990 Division III National Championship team. Santoro played professionally in the United States for four years before entering the coaching ranks.

"I would like to thank Jon Mark Hall, Jay Newton, and the USI administration for the opportunity to lead the men's soccer program," said Santoro. "Evansville has a great soccer community and with the success that USI Athletics has enjoyed over the years, I am privileged to be part of it all.

"We will get to work right away to move the program forward to contend in one of the nation's strongest conferences," concluded Santoro.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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