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Frederico Santos
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: UNC Asheville
Graduating Year: 2007
Experience: 3 Years
Phone: 828-232-5659

Frederico Santos begins his fourth year as head coach of the UNC Asheville volleyball program.


The former Bulldog assistant came back home in June of 2011 after serving as head coach at Barry University in Miami for three seasons.


Santos has quickly showed that the winning tradition of UNC Asheville volleyball would continue under his guidance.


Last season, the Bulldogs finished with a 17-14 overall record and 7-7 mark in Big South Conference play. The season was highlighed by winning the WCU Invitational which included a win over ACC foe Boston College. Senior Rachel Wells led the nation in digs in 2013 and earned a tryout with the U.S. National Team.


In 2012, the Bulldogs had a 12-20 overall record and 7-7 league mark. A young Asheville squad battled through a tough schedule and some injuries to advance to the semifinals of the Big South Championship for the seventh time in the last eight years. Despite being seeded sixth, the Bulldogs upset third-seeded High Point and just missed advancing to the championship with a close loss to second-seeded Coastal Carolina in the semifinals. Along the way, Asheville thrilled its fans with exciting volleyball as the Bulldogs went 5-1 in five-set matches, including a perfect 4-0 mark at Justice Center.


In his first season, despite only having 10 players and being picked to finish in seventh place in the  Big South Preseason poll, the Bulldogs finished 15-14 overall and fourth in the league. Asheville advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament and finished runner-up in two in-season tournaments.


In three seasons as head coach at Barry, Santos led the Buccaneers to a 46-31 overall record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament in 2010.


In 2010, 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 Regional 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 First-Team All-America recognition by 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 for 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 andchampionships 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, Nev. 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, Ariz.

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. Nathalie's sister Elissa also played for the Bulldogs and is a member of the school's Athletics Hall of Fame. Frederico and Nathalie are the proud parents of two children, Gabriel and Tatiana.

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