Anthony Santos has been promoted to assistant coach for Cal State Fullerton’s men’s basketball team. Santos spent the last five seasons as the program’s director of basketball operations. Prior to that, he was the team’s manager during his senior year at Cal State Fullerton.
“I am beyond excited to have coach Santos joining us as a fulltime coach,” said Titans head coach Dedrique Taylor in a statement.
“His contributions have been invaluable, including keeping us organized on so many different fronts that are pivotal to our program’s success. He has been with us since we arrived, and has been a part of our growth. I’m anxious to see his imprint on our team and program from the recruiting and on-court coaching aspect as we continue to build the Titan Basketball brand.”
Santos joins the coaching staff that consists of Taylor, associate head coach John Smith and assistant coach Danny Sprinkle.
The Register spoke with Santos about his new role with the Titans.
Q: What does it mean for you to get that assistant coaching gig?
A: I’m from out here, I went to school here, I got my bachelor’s and my master’s here and I’ve just been involved with the program for a long time. I was coaching high school previously, and for me I kind of wanted more of a challenge, so taking a step up and being a manager for a year, and volunteering for the following two years, it was for me to learn. My first three years, we had three different head coaches, so my biggest thing was, “Am I going to be able to stick around?” I never knew, during my first three years, what was going on. I was fortunate enough with coach Taylor to continue to learn and invest in different relationships here on campus. I definitely feel blessed and lucky and thankful for the opportunity to make another jump up.
Q: Can you talk about the work ethic that it required for you to be persistent and not give up on your coaching aspirations?
A: For me, I approached it like, I wanted to learn every day, whether it was what to do, what not do, what I liked, what I didn’t like. It helped me develop who I am as a coach. For me, the way I approached it, if there was something that was going on, maybe a problem, something that needed something, I wanted to be hands on and do it, and take care of whatever the situation was. I was entrenched in the work flow of everything and from one year to the next to the next, literally my work load increased every year. Working with the team,…