Nick De Santis

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Nick De Santis
Personal information
Full name Nicolas De Santis
Date of birth (1967-09-11) September 11, 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Montreal Impact (Sporting Director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Montreal Supra
1990–1992 Montreal Supra 68 (3)
1992–1993 Termoli 17 (2)
1993–1998 Montreal Impact 134 (19)
1999 Raleigh Capital Express 26 (1)
2000–2003 Montreal Impact 85 (2)
National team
1986–1987 Canada U-20 18 (0)
1988–1997 Canada 9 (1)
Teams managed
2004–2008 Montreal Impact
2011 Montreal Impact (Interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2009

Nicolas De Santis (born November 11, 1967 in Montreal) is a former professional soccer player. He is currently the Sporting Director for the Montreal Impact.

Club career[edit]

After beginning his pro career in 1987 with the Montreal Supra of the Canadian Soccer League, He signed for the Montreal Impact in 1993 where he helped the Impact win the league championship in 1994. He earned titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997. He retired as a player following the 2003 season, was second in Impact history for games played (219), as well as fourth for goals scored (21). He also had short spells in the USA and Italy.

International career[edit]

De Santis made his senior debut for Canada in a March 1988 friendly match against Peru, in which he immediately scored his first (and only) goal. He went on to earn 9 caps. His final international was an October 1997 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Mexico.

He also participated in the inaugural 1989 Futsal World Cup in the Netherlands.[1]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 1988 Lima, Peru  Peru 3-1 Friendly match

Managerial career[edit]

After his retirement he succeeded Bob Lilley as the new head coach of the Montreal Impact. In his first season as head coach he won the Montreals second League Championship beating Seattle Sounders 2-0. In his second season as coach he led the team to a record of 18-3-7 and to its fourth regular-season championship, he established a new league record by going undefeated in 15 consecutive games (10-0-5). Montreal also went undefeated for nine straight games on the road (6-0-3), a new club record. He also established a new club record for fewest losses in a season. Though the Impact lost in the playoffs, He was named Coach of the Year in the USL First Division.

In 2006 his third season as head coach he helped the Impact win their fifth regular-season championship, but the Impact where knocked out in the semi-final of the playoffs against the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 2-0 defeat. He also guided the team to its best start to the season at home, with a 10-game undefeated streak, as well collect 10 shutouts at home which tied a club record. And allow only four goals at home, a new club record that erases the old mark of six set in 1994 and was tied in 1996 and 2004.

After a poor record to start the 2008 season, De Santis stepped down as head coach of the Impact and was replaced by John Limniatis on June 13, 2008.

Honours[edit]

  • APSL Championship: 1
1994
1994
1995, 1996, 1997
2002, 2003

Career stats[edit]

Team Season League Domestic
League
Domestic
Playoffs
Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Montreal Impact 1993 APSL 20 1 0 - - - 20 1 0
1994 APSL 17 2 4 3 0 0 20 2 4
1995 A-League 20 3 1 3 0 1 23 3 2
1996 A-League 26 4 3 3 0 0 29 4 3
1997 A-League 22 5 10 - - - 22 5 10
1998 A-League 26 4 5 3 0 2 29 4 7
Raleigh Capital Express 1999 A-League 26 1 3 - - - 26 1 3
Montreal Impact 2000 A-League 25 1 2 - - - 25 1 2
2001 A-League 17 0 1 - - - 17 0 1
2002 A-League 18 1 1 3 0 0 21 1 1
2003 A-League 25 0 1 - - - 25 0 1
Career Total - 245 22 31 15 0 3 260 22 34

Last Update: June 22, 2009

Managerial stats[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Montreal Impact Canada May 25, 2004 June 10, 2008 112 63 20 29 56.25

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bob Lilley
Montreal Impact Head Coach
2004–2008
Succeeded by
John Limniatis