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Nick De Santis
Personal information
Full name Nicolas De Santis
Date of birth (1967-09-11) September 11, 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Montreal Supra 90 (3)
1992–1993 Termoli 17 (2)
1993–1998 Montreal Impact 134 (19)
1995 Kansas City Attack (indoor) 15 (1)
1996 Chicago Power (indoor) 16 (8)
1996–1997 Edmonton Drillers (indoor) 38 (43)
1997–2000 Montreal Impact (indoor) 84 (28)
1999 Raleigh Capital Express 26 (1)
2000–2003 Montreal Impact 85 (2)
2000–2001 Toronto ThunderHawks (indoor) 38 (8)
National team
1986–1987 Canada U-20 18 (0)
1988–1997 Canada 11 (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
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2009

Nicolas De Santis (born November 11, 1967) is a former professional soccer player.

Club career

After beginning his pro career in 1987 with the Montreal Supra of the Canadian Soccer League,[1] 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 US 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.[2] 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.

International career

De Santis represented Canada at the 1987 Pan American Games and 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship. He 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 11 caps. His final international was an October 1997 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Mexico.[3]

He also participated in the inaugural 1989 Futsal World Cup in the Netherlands.[4]

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 1988 Lima, Peru  Peru 2–1 3–1 Friendly match

Managerial career

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 were 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

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

Career statistics

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 statistics

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

References

  1. ^ https://www.statscrew.com/minorsoccer/stats/p-desannic001
  2. ^ "Nick De Santis | SoccerStats.us". soccerstats.us. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  3. ^ "Canada Soccer". canadasoccer.com. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  4. ^ FIFA, Tournaments: FIFA Futsal World Cup, Netherlands 1989



Preceded byBob Lilley Montreal Impact Head Coach2004–2008 Succeeded byJohn Limniatis
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