Marcelo Santos
Marcelo Santos

Assistant Coach -- REVOLUTION II

Twitter: @santoscoach

Marcelo Santos at a Glance:

  • Entering sixth year with the club and fourth as assistant coach with Revolution II after previously coaching the Revs’ U-19 and U-17 sides.
  • Served for 10 seasons as an assistant coach for the Marquette University men’s soccer team, winning a BIG EAST Conference title in 2013.
  • Worked as a U.S. Soccer Federation network scout while earning his USSF “A” Senior coaching license.
  • Won a Premier Development League (now USL League Two) title as assistant coach of the Thunder Bay Chill in 2008.

Marcelo Santos is in his fourth season as assistant coach of Revolution II and his sixth with the club, having spent the 2018-19 seasons as a head coach in the New England Revolution Academy system. Most recently, Santos was head coach of the Under-19 team after serving as the head coach of the Under-17 team during the 2017-18 season.

Prior to joining the Revolution Academy, Santos served as an assistant for Marquette University, where he coached for 10 seasons. He also spent years as a U.S. Soccer Federation network scout, responsible for identifying and evaluating potential U.S. Youth National Team players in Milwaukee and Chicago, conducting training evaluations for U.S. Development Academy clubs, and conducting training centers for players with international potential.

Santos joined Marquette as a volunteer assistant in 2008 and served in that role for four seasons prior to being promoted to full-time assistant on head coach Louis Bennett's staff. While coaching at Marquette, Santos saw the Eagles claim two BIG EAST regular season titles (2011, 2013), a BIG EAST tournament championship (2013), and two NCAA tournament appearances (2012, 2013). In 2011, Marquette's coaching staff was named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. At least a dozen of Santos’ players went on to play professionally including Columbus Crew SC defender Axel Sjöberg, Austin Bold FC midfielder Calum Mallace, New York City FC goalkeeper Luis Barraza, New York Red Bulls defender Patrick Seagrist, and former LAFC, Seattle Sounders, and current MLS Pool goalkeeper Charlie Lyon.

In 2016, Santos served as head coach of Kokomo Mantis FC of the Premier Development League. In their lone season, Santos led Mantis FC to a 4-6-4 record and fourth place finish in the Heartland Division of the PDL's Central Conference.

Beginning in 2009, Santos oversaw youth instruction as director of the Marquette University Soccer School, as well as assisted with on-field training of Marquette student-athletes. He also created the first youth futsal league in the Milwaukee area, which has grown to over 70 teams and 750 youth players.

Prior to coaching at Marquette, Santos served as an assistant for the Thunder Bay Chill of the USL Premier Development League from 2006-08. While with the Chill, Santos was involved with executing training sessions, game analysis, and recruitment of players, overseeing youth players and team administration. In his first year with the Chill, Santos played a part in turning around a team that finished 2-11-3 the previous year to a 10-3-3 record, claiming the Heartland Division championship.

Santos played with the Thunder Bay Chill in 2005 and 2006, while also playing futsal for World United F.C. in San Francisco, Calif., where he captured a U.S. National Championship in 2006. He has played professionally with three Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) clubs: the Orlando Sharks, the Milwaukee Wave, and the California Cougars. Santos also spent the 2004 playing professional soccer in Sweden with Sandareds I.F.

Santos played collegiately with Union College (Ky.), Alliant International University (Calif.), and at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif. In college, Santos was a two-time all-American, two-time all-region, and three-time all-conference player. He began his coaching career as a senior at Holy Names, helping the head coach with team training and recruitment of student-athletes.

Santos is certified with his USSF "A" Senior coaching license. He graduated from Holy Names with a bachelor's degree in business administration in May 2006.

Marcelo Santos’ Coaching Background

Revolution II (Asst. Coach): 2020-Present

Revolution Academy U-19 (Head Coach): 2018-19

Revolution Academy U-17 (Head Coach): 2018

Kokomo Mantis FC (Head Coach): 2016

Marquette University (Asst. Coach): 2008-18

Thunder Bay Chill (Asst. Coach): 2007-09