Former Columbia All-American Steve Santos was promoted to Assistant Coach for the 2015-16 season, after he was welcomed as a volunteer assistant coach beginning in the 2014-15 season. At Columbia, Santos primarily works with the lower and middle weights.
In his time as an assistant coach, the Lions have consistently impressed, sending a trio of athletes to the NCAA Champions in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, while a pair of wrestlers went to the NCAAs in 2016-17.
A 2013 graduate of Columbia, the financial economics major had one of the most successful careers in the history of the storied program. In his senior season, Santos finished third at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, which was the highest finish ever by a Lion. The 149-pounder started strong that season, winning his first 15 matches while going 31-3 on the season and 4-0 in Ivy League matches. Santos earned first team All-Ivy League honors during his final season for the second time in his career.
Santos also qualified for the NCAA Championships his junior year of 2012, after going 26-11 and becoming a first-team All-Ivy League wrestler. Throughout his four years, Santos compiled an overall record of 91-37, while going 12-4 in Ivy League matches.
A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Santos is the son of Lisa and Aurelio Santos.