Tim Santoro Named Head Coach at NC State
Nov. 30, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest associate head coach Tim Santoro has accepted an offer to become the head women's soccer coach at NC State, NC State Director of Athletics Debbie Yow announced Friday.
Santoro had served on head coach Tony da Luz's staff at Wake Forest since 2008 and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012 season. He helped guide the Demon Deacons to their first ACC Championship in 2010 and their first College Cup in 2011.
"I'm extremely grateful to Tony and (associate athletic director) Mike Buddie for allowing me to come into an established program at Wake Forest and take on such a big role," said Santoro. "I've really enjoyed working with a great group of student-athletes over the past five years at Wake Forest. I'm excited to go to NC State to fulfill my dream of becoming a head coach."
In addition to his on-field coaching skills, Santoro earned a reputation as a top-notch recruiter and played a key role in bringing in Wake Forest's recent recruiting classes that have ranked as some of the best in school history and nationally.
"I'm very excited for Tim to have this opportunity at NC State," said Wake Forest head coach Tony da Luz. "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 coming to 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 CofC women's soccer program from 2001-2008. Responsible for all aspects in the program, Santoro helped take a team with an inherited 4-13-2 record to prominence in the Southern Conference.