Nick De Santis
|Full name||Nicolas De Santis|
|Date of birth||September 11, 1967|
|Place of birth||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Montreal Impact (Sporting Director)|
|1999||Raleigh Capital Express||26||(1)|
|2011||Montreal Impact (Interim)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2009
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. De Santis had a stint in the National Professional Soccer League with the short lived expansion franchise the Toronto ThunderHawks during the 2000-2001 winter indoor season. He helped the ThunderHawks reach the postseason by finishing second in the National Conference, and reached the Conference finals where they were defeated by the Milwaukee Wave.
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.
- Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
|1||26 March 1988||Lima, Peru||Peru||3-1||Friendly match|
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.
- APSL Championship: 1
- USL First Division Championship: 1
- USL First Division Regular Season Championship: 3
- 1995, 1996, 1997
- 2002, 2003
|Raleigh Capital Express||1999||A-League||26||1||3||-||-||-||26||1||3|
Last Update: June 22, 2009
|Montreal Impact||May 25, 2004||June 10, 2008||112||63||20||29||56.25|
- "Nick De Santis | SoccerStats.us". soccerstats.us. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
- FIFA, Tournaments: FIFA Futsal World Cup, Netherlands 1989
|Montreal Impact Head Coach