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The 2016 season marked the ninth for Marcelo Santos as a member of the Marquette University men's soccer program. 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. Since that time, the Golden Eagles have compiled a 47-33-13 overall record.
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Santos came to the Milwaukee area in 2006 while also serving as a full-time assistant coach with the Thunder Bay Chill of the USL's Premier Development League. He now serves as head coach of Kokomo Mantis FC, hired as the program's first head coach prior to their inaugural season in 2016. He's been instrumental in helping with the placement of several MU players throughout the USL for further supplemental development.
He helped coach the Chill to a division title in his first season with the team. Thunder Bay finished the 2007 campaign with a 10-3-3 record after posting a 2-11-3 mark the season prior to Santos' arrival. In 2008, the Chill won the USL-PDL Championship with a mark of 18-2-1. The 2009 season culminated in another playoff appearance for Thunder Bay, as the squad went 36-8-9 in Santos' three seasons as an assistant coach.
His duties with the Chill included executing training sessions, game analysis, recruitment of players, overseeing the youth program and team administration.
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, including the Orlando Sharks, locally with the Milwaukee Wave and most recently with the California Cougars. Santos also spent the 2004 playing professional soccer in Sweden with Sandareds I.F.
After arriving in the United States in 2002, Santos played collegiately with Union College (Ky.), Alliant International University (Calif.) and at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Santos 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 "B" coaching license. He graduated from Holy Names with a bachelor's degree in business administration in May 2006.
Santos resides in Muskego, Wisconsin, with his wife Regina and two children, daughter Gabriella Marie and son Mateo Isaac.
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