CLASS OF 1965
Santo DeSain was a three year starter in Varsity Football, 1962, 1963 and 1964 and Varsity Baseball, 1963, 1964, and 1965 and lettered in Varsity Basketball. He also served as co-captain his senior year for Varsity Football and Baseball. Santo received All-Conference recognition his junior and senior years in football and received the American Legion Baseball Award his senior year.
One of Santo’s fondest memories is when his brother, Tony, a senior, blocked a Geneva punt and Santo, a sophomore, recovered the ball in the end zone for the only score of the game.
In 1969 Santo earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Brockport and a Masters Degree from the University at Buffalo in 1976. In 1971, Santo joined the staff at Erie Community College an Instructor, Administrator and Coach. Santo began his coaching career at Erie by guiding the baseball team to its first NJCAA region III championship in 1977. In 1980, Santo became the head Women’s Softball and Basketball coach. Santo coached fast pitch softball from 1980 to 1993. During this time his teams compiled a 404 and 92 record, won two NJCAA National Championships, 7 NJCAA Regional III Titles and 12 Conference Championships. Under his direction the softball program produced 19 NJCAA All-Americans, 42 NJCAA All Region III and 39 All-Conference Players. Santo was twice named NJCAA National Softball Coach of the year. In 1994 the Penn-York Conference Championship trophy was named in his honor and in 2008 the softball field at Erie Community College was named the Santo DeSain Softball Field.
Santo coached Women’s Basketball from 1977 to 1986. His team won 6 consecutive Conference Championships while compiling an overall record of 151 to 41. Santo was honored by being named NJCAA Region III Basketball Coach of the year for the ’80-’81, ’81-’82 and ’82-’83 season.
Santo was inducted in the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame in 1993, NJCAA National Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999, Erie Community College Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2012, two National Championship teams which he coached were also inducted into the Erie Community College Hall of Fame.
Santo and his wife, Kathy, a retired teacher and a 1965 Lyons High School graduate, have been married for 48 years. “All accomplishments and awards are shared 100% with Kathy. It is her love and support that made it all possible.” Kathy and Santo are most proud of their 3 children, Kristin, Kelly and Jason and six grandchildren.