ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone has announced the selection of former Bulldog Associate Head Coach and current Barry University (FL.) Head Coach Frederico Santos as the program's new head volleyball coach upon approval of the school's Board of Trustees.
"We are delighted to welcome Frederico Santos back to UNC Asheville as our next Head Women's Volleyball Coach," stated Cone. "As our former assistant then associate head coach, he was a vital member of our staff and contributed significantly to our success on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. While at Barry University, he has proven himself as a head coach. He gained valuable experience and is ready to be our program's next leader."
Santos is delighted to be returning to Asheville. He will start his new post on June 1. Santos inherits a Bulldog team that went 19-12 last year.
"I am absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to lead the UNC Asheville Volleyball program," stated Santos. "What an honor it is for me to be able to work at my Alma Mater. My wife Nathalie, my son Gabriel, my daughter Tatiana, and I are very excited to come back to the mountains of North Carolina, where we call home.
"I look forward to the challenge of Big South Conference Volleyball and hope to continue UNC Asheville's tradition of excellence on the court and in the classroom," Santos added.
"I would like to offer my thanks to Chancellor Anne Ponder, Director of Athletics Janet Cone, Mike Gore, Terri Brne and the Search Committee for their confidence in my ability to lead the program," he also said.
"Finally, a personal thanks to my wife Nathalie for her love and support as well as to my father, Frederico Marcondes dos Santos, for his mentoring, encouragement, love and teaching," declared Santos.
UNC Asheville's Athletics Department will have a press conference for Santos later on in the summer when he gets to Asheville.
In three seasons as head coach at Barry, Santos led the Buccaneers to a 46-31 overall record and an appearance in the South Regional Division II Tournament in 2010.
Last season, Santos led Barry to a solid year as the Buccaneers posted a 16-7 overall record and an 11-5 mark in Sunshine State Conference. The Bucs picked up important wins over #22 Saint Leo and #25 Rollins in the regular season. Propelled by their conference play, the Bucs returned to the NCAA South Region Tournament for the first time since 2006. Julia Teixeira earned Sunshine State Conference player of the Year, Daktronics South Region Player of the Year and spots on the First-Team All-America team for Daktronics and the AVCA.
In 2009, the Bucs posted a 15-12 overall mark and went 6-10 in conference. In 2008, Santos' first season, the Bucs went 15-12; an improvement over 2007. The Bucs improved their conference record as well, going 5-11 on the season.
A native of Brazil, Santos has more than 20 years of international playing and coaching experience at all levels of the sport. He spent eight seasons at UNC Asheville, including the last three as associate head coach under former head coach Julie Torbett. Santos assisted in all phases of the Bulldog program including recruiting, on-court coaching, travel and pre-game setup. While at Asheville, Santos helped the Bulldogs to a 135-124 overall record. The Bulldogs reached the Big South Conference Championship match three times during his tenure and won the regular season championship in 2002. The 2002 team was the most improved team in the country that season as Asheville finished with a 26-8 record.
Santos coached the Biltmore Juniors for more than five years, leading the club to national finishes in each of the past five years, including championships at the Asheville Hi Neighbor tournament in 2003 and 2004.
Santos has been playing volleyball all his life beginning with club teams in Rio de Janeiro. He moved to Reno, Nevada in 1990 and starred for the University of Nevada-Reno club team from 1992-1996 where he was a setter. His club team was ranked fifth nationally by USA Today. In 1998, Santos played for the Reno Volleyball Club team as both a setter and outside hitter, leading the club to the USAV Nationals in Tucson, Arizona.
His coaching experience includes stops in Brazil, Iceland, Poland, Switzerland and Reno. Santos coached the Stjarnan Club team in Reykjavik, Iceland. He led the club to a 7-3 record in 2000 and a first place finish in the fall tournament. The team also finished runner-up in the Icelandic Cup and Icelandic Championships.
Santos has also worked with the men's and women's Brazilian national teams, which are among the best in the world. He earned his degree in the spring of 2007 from UNC Asheville.
Santos is married to the former Nathalie Steffen. Nathalie played volleyball for the Bulldogs from 1993 through 1996 and is a 1997 graduate of UNC Asheville.