Angel Santiago

Nicholls State University - Head Coach

Prior to joining Nicholls State University as the Head Softball Coach in September of 2011, Santiago, a native of Chicago Heights, Ill., was an assistant coach for eight years under Lonni Alameda at Florida State and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

A former minor league baseball player, Santiago spent the last three seasons at Florida State as an assistant for the Seminole softball program. While at FSU, the Seminoles advanced to the NCAA Division I Softball Championships three times, including last season where they were crowned Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Champions.
Known for being a specialist in hitting, Santiago guided FSU to a .297 batting average in 2010, its highest mark since 2003. In the same season, the Seminoles drew 212 walks, which were the most since the '04 campaign.

Before joining Florida State in 2009, Santiago helped Coach Alameda rebuild a struggling UNLV program during his five years in Las Vegas. In 2005, the Rebels recorded their third-highest win total (44) in the program's history and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years. Also in '05, the Rebels belted a then-program best 50 home runs.

Santiago, who has been active in hitting clinics and academies across the country, began his coaching career as the head baseball coach at Prairie State College in his hometown of Chicago Heights, Ill. Prior to his two-year stint with Prairie State, he played four seasons of minor league baseball in the independent leagues where he led the league in batting average (.374) in 1994.

A graduate of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Santiago is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with certificates from USA Weightlifting and USA Track & Field.