Head Coach, Under-17s
Marcelo Santos is in his first season with the New England Revolution Academy. He serves as the head coach of the Under-17 team.
Prior to joining the Revolution Academy, Santos served as an assistant for Marquette University, where he coached for 10 seasons, as well as a U.S. Soccer Federation network scout.
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. In addition, 12 players went on to play professionally including current MLS players in Colorado Rapids defender Axel Sjöberg and LAFC midfielder Callum Mallace.
As a network scout for the USSF, Santos was 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 assisting in conducting training centers for potential Youth National Team players.
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 40 teams and 450 youth players.
Prior to coaching at Marquette, Santos served as an assistant coach 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, 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" coaching license. He graduated from Holy Names with a bachelor's degree in business administration in May 2006.