Ex-Basketball player Chris Santo had a storied career in his playing days, however, information about his personal life and what he is doing these days seems to be missing online. Chris, like many of his colleagues, has ventured into the coaching line to keep the passion alive. In this post, we will tell you all you need to know about Chris Santo. Also for emphasis’ sake, Chris Santo is not related to the chef Chris Santos. Here is everything you need to know about him.
Chris Santo: Age and Personal Life
Chris Santo was born on February 10, 1993, to Chip and Lorraine. He has a brother named Jordan Growing up, Chris picked an interest in sports, and at a younger age, he started excelling in basketball which made his parents so proud, more than being proud parents, they started offering their support to young Chris.
For his education, he majored in history with a minor in secondary education.
Chris Santo: Playing Career
Chris played one year of basketball at the University of Vermont where he won the America East title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth, averaging 2.9 minutes per contest over 14 games he played.
He competed in basketball for four years and football for one year at Cherry Hill East High School. Chris also played in the state All-Star Game, was in McDonald’s All-America nominee where he finished with 2,497 points and 1,039 rebounds.
Chris Santo also played in 29 games off the bench, averaging 22.3 minutes per contest. He also averaged 14.9 ppg, 5.6 RPG, and 1.2 APG, while shooting 57.2 percent from the floor and 65.9 percent from the stripe. Chris Santo recorded a career-high 32 points in the NCAA East Regional quarterfinal against Bridgeport on March 16 2013 setting a career-high with 15 rebounds against Bentley on Feb. 10.
Between the 2013-2014 seasons, he started all 30 games for the Hawks and was third on the team in scoring with 14.5 ppg and second in rebounding with 6.5 RPG. He also averaged 1.2 APG and shot 56.7 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from 3-point land and 66.4 percent at the line. He was ranked second in the conference in shooting percentage. Chris also scored in double figures in 25 straight games from Nov. 17-March 5. He scored a season-high 29 points in a win against Stonehill on Dec. 10
Between the 2014- 2015 seasons, Chris started all 29 contests and averaged 21.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest, while shooting a blistering 62.2 percent (252-405) from the field, including 35.5 percent (11-31) from beyond the arc. He shot 67.7 percent (105-155) from the line, including 78.9 percent (45-57) over the final nine games, he also led the league in field goal goals made and field goal percentage ranked second in scoring and sixth in both rebounding and steals per game.
Nationally, he converted the fourth-most field goals, placed 12th in shooting percentage and 17th in points per game, scored in double figures in all but one contest, turned in 16 20-plus-point performances, scored 30 or more on four occasions, notched eight double-doubles, set the program’s single-season record for field goals made and sits sixth in total points scored (620).
Chris Santo is tied for seventh in field goal percentage and tied for 11th in points per game average. Chris finished ninth in field goals made (588), 10th in scoring average (16.9), and 12th in points scored (1,486), and also, he registered a career-high 35 points in a 92-71 win against American Int’l on Jan. 31. All through his playing career, his parents never missed any of his games. He was a member of the UVM team that won the 2012 America East Championship and defeated Lamar in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Santo captained the Hawks as a senior and was named an All-American in 2015, as well as Northeast-10 Player of the Year.
Cioffi Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Becker hired Chris Santo as an assistant coach. Santo joined the UVM coaching staff after previously serving as assistant video coordinator for the New York Knicks.
“I’m really excited about the addition of Chris to our staff,” said Becker. “I recruited and coached Chris my first year as a head coach at UVM. He went on to have a great career at St. Anselm as a player and coach. He worked in the Knicks’ video room last year and brings valuable experience working for great coaches like Keith Dickson and Tom Thibodeau.”
Chris has a net worth of 200 thousand dollars.
Image source: Saint Anselm College