St. John Paul II High School Head Baseball Coach Mark A. Santos has resigned as head baseball coach in order to spend time with his family. Santos and Head of School Christopher Keavy made the announcement at a players meeting on Wednesday.
Santos will continue as the Lions’ Athletic Director.
“This has been a tough decision because the baseball program means so much to me. It's in my blood,” said Santos. “But it’s important for me to be able to spend time with my son Matthew, who plays baseball at Amherst College, my daughter Allison, who attends Villanova University, and my wife Amy. Nonetheless, I am
proud beyond words of what our student-athletes and coaches have accomplished these past seven years.”
A search is now underway to fill the Head Baseball Coach position. Letters of introduction and resumes can be sent to Mr. Santos by November 9, 2017.
“Coach Santos established a culture of excellence that serves as a role model for our school programs. His dedication, preparation, and leadership skills are unmatched. Our student-athletes see how to work, how to prepare, and how to act with class and respect. Winning has been a by-product of Coach Santos’ insistence that everything be done the right way,” Keavy said. “I am grateful that Coach Santos will continue to bring this focus as Athletic Director.”
During Santos’ tenure, the Lions posted a record of 148-23 in seven varsity seasons. The team captured MIAA Division IV State Championships in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Additionally, the program has earned six Cape & Islands League titles (2012-2017). Coach Santos was named Cape & Islands League Coach of the Year four times, and Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2016. Twenty-one student-athletes coached by Santos have gone on to play collegiate baseball over seven seasons.
Hyannis’ St. John Paul II High School & St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School form one united, Catholic school serving students from grades five through twelve.