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Coach's Profile: Dean Santorio, Grand Island

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Why did you enter the coaching profession?
The love of the game and wanting to work with young players.
What is your philosophy in coaching?
Be committed, expect the most from yourself, take pride in what you do.
What brings you the most satisfaction in coaching?
Seeing kids be successful, not wins and losses, but improving throughout the year. 
What was your greatest win in coaching High School Football?
Beating Sweet Home @ the Stadium in 2005.
What were your most memorable moments in coaching High School Football?
4 Stadium appearances, 2 Sectional Titles.
Who are the most talented players that you coached?
Brett Kern, Alex Neutz, Mike Blocho.
What game do you remember the most?
Beating W. South in the playoffs with a 42-yard last second field goal.
What is your biggest thrill coaching?
At the end of the year when your Seniors realize how important High School Football was to them.
How important are your assistant coaches?
Huge - can't do it alone - their time and commitment are crucial and appreciated!
What do you expect from a player?
Just show a lot of heart and the rest will take care of itself.
What were the best teams you have coached?
2003 and 2005 Sectional Champions.
What was your most proud or memorable moment in playing football?
Won 2 NAIA Division II National Champions. 
Who was your mentor?
Gene Master (my High School Coach); Jerry Tutwiler (my uncle/coach); Joe Fusco (my college coach)

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