Anthony Santos was named an assistant coach in August of 2017 after spending the previous six seasons on staff committed to helping the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball program succeed. The upcoming 2018-19 season will be his second year as an assistant coach for the Titans.
A native of Walnut, Calif., Santos joined the Titans as a team manager during his senior year (2011-12), and following his graduation, was hired as the program’s director of basketball operations, serving in that role from 2013-17.
Santos’ current role includes recruiting, player development, on-court coaching, scouting reports, film breakdown and scheduling.
Prior to his promotion, Santos’ main responsibilities included coordinating team travel, budget operations, game operations, overseeing student-athlete academic progress, supervision of the team’s managers, handling social media efforts, as well as serving as the staff's liaison for development, ticketing, marketing and media relations.
During Santos’ time as director of basketball operations, 18 Titan players received their degrees, including Kennedy Esume, a Big West Conference All-Academic selection and 2015 Big West Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
In 2017-18, CSF went 20-12 and won the Big West Tournament Championship and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in program history.
During the 2016-17 season, Cal State Fullerton totaled its most wins since 2012, after the Titans finished the year with a 17-15 record. The season concluded with Fullerton qualifying for postseason play for just the seventh time in school history, as the Titans hosted Weber State in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The event also marked the first time Fullerton had ever hosted a postseason game.
Santos graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in May 2012, and in the spring of 2014, received his master’s in sports performance/sports psychology.
He served as an assistant coach at Don Bosco Tech High School during the 2009-2011 seasons. During the 2009-10 campaign, Santos was part of a team that finished 4-21, and in the following year (2010-11), helped turned the program around with a record of 20-9, eventually losing in the quarterfinals to Muir High School.