Lou Santini enters his tenth season as a member of the Pioneers
coaching staff and brings a great deal of knowledge and experience
to the program. His primary responsibilities lie with coaching the
current crop of Pioneer defensemen and goaltenders. In addition,
Santini is in charge of all of the Pioneer recruiting efforts
across North America.
Before coming to Sacred Heart, Santini was an assistant coach
for the Tulsa Crude and the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL.
Before that he spent two years coaching in professional hockey from
2000-01, serving as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Cyclones
(IHL) and the Augusta Lynx (ECHL).
Prior to that experience Santini served as an assistant coach
for six seasons at Middlebury College. During that time Middlebury
won five consecutive NCAA Division-III National Championships and
had an overall record of 137-19-10. Santini first got into coaching
as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Iona. Also during that
time he was a high school assistant coach from 1990- 94. In
addition Santini has served as a coach and instructor for the USA
Player Development Program in Michigan, Minnesota and New York from
Santini earned a BA in Communication Arts/ Broadcasting with a
minor in Speech from Iona in 1990. He was also a four-year
letterwinner as a goaltender for the Gaels men’s ice hockey