N.C. State Hires Tim Santoro.
“First and foremost I want to thank Debbie Yow and Sherard Clinkscales for this opportunity to become the head coach at a tremendous university like NC State,” said Santoro. “I’m excited to get this program back on the national scene where it was for so many years before.
“It has been my goal all along to become a head coach and I can’t think of a better place to begin this next step in my career than with the Wolfpack.”
Santoro directed and coordinated all aspects of recruiting in developing Wake Forest in his five seasons into one of the premier programs in NCAA Division I and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
During his tenure at Wake Forest, the Deacons achieved major firsts in the program’s history, including the NCAA College Cup and the # 1 overall seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the 2010 ACC Championship, and a top-5 recruiting class in 2010.
According to Wake Forest head coach Tony da Luz, Santoro was instrumental in those achievements. “I’m very excited for Tim to have this opportunity at NC State. Tim has been huge part of our success over the past five years. He has a tremendous knowledge of the game, is a hard-working recruiter and has a personality that makes him a coach that players want to play for.”
Prior to his arrival at Wake Forest, Santoro served as the Associate Head Coach of the College of Charleston and was integral in building one of the most successful eras in the history of the College of Charleston women’s soccer program from 2001-2008.
Santoro hails from a New Jersey soccer family with his older brother, Mat, the Head Coach at NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer program, University of Southern Indiana.
Santoro attended Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., and was a four-year member of the men’s soccer program before graduating in 1994. He helped guide Catawba to a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances, before the school moved to the Division II level for his final two seasons. He was named an honorable mention All-American as a senior.