Santos Named Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
June 9, 2010
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head women's basketball coach Stephanie Glance completed her coaching staff with the hiring of assistant coach Danielle Santos, announced Wednesday. Santos comes to Illinois State from Hofstra and was a player at Florida.
"I am thrilled that Danielle is joining our staff," Glance said. "She brings experience in many areas. Like the other members of our staff, she has strong character, great work ethic, and a love for teaching and coaching young people. She will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our players. She has excelled both as a collegiate player and coach and I am excited that she is joining the Redbird Family!"
A native of Marietta, Ga., Santos was impressed with her first visit to Illinois State and Bloomington-Normal.
"As a coach, one of the most important aspects of choosing a school to work for is the people you will be working with," Santos said. "After visiting Illinois State and meeting all of the people involved with the program, I knew this would be a great choice for me. The players are hard workers, the administration is outstanding and the community is extremely supportive."
Santos joined the coaching ranks right after college and spent the last four years as an assistant coach at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., working with her former high school coach, Krista Kilburn-Steveskey. Santos helped guide the Pride to an overall record of 67-61, two 20-win seasons and two appearances in the Postseason WNIT.
Santos was a four-year letterwinner (2002-06) at Florida for former head coach Carolyn Peck, starting 76 of the 107 games in her career. The Gators qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2006 and the WNIT in 2005. As a sophomore, Santos led the team in assists and steals. She ranks sixth at Florida in free throw percentage (.782), ninth in three-point field goals made (80), 11th in assists (265) and 13th in steals (162).
She earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports sciences, specializing in sports management, and minors in business administration and education from Florida in 2006.Santos was a three-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) Winter Academic Honor Roll selection, a 2004 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team selection and a 2005 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar.