Santino Davis enters his sixth season with the Ohio Dominican coaching staff and fourth as the top assistant to Head Coach Artie Taylor, serving an integral role in every phase of the program. He brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the team.
During his tenure with Panther basketball, he has played a key role in developing 10 all-league performers including one NAIA All American. Among those top performers was former Ohio Dominican standout Aaron Gibbs, who was named GLIAC Second Team during the 2010-11 season, the Panther's first as a member of the Division II conference. Among other accolades, in 2009-10 Gibbs also was named Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) First Team while current Panther player John Trew made Second Team. During that same season, Davis played a key role in coaching the team to the A.I.I. tournament championship game.
In his role as the team’s recruiting coordinator, Davis works tirelessly to attract and secure premium talent for the program. He is highly visible on the recruiting trail, with his most recent efforts leading to signing the incoming 2012-13 class, the most accomplished and talented in recent Ohio Dominican history.
Davis has developed a skills instruction program for guards and established an academic progress program for the team. He also helps lead practices and all aspects of game day preparation—including advanced scouting of opponents, developing reports, as well as advising offensive and defensive game-day strategies. He also oversees film exchange for the program.
Avid about helping players succeed in the classroom, Davis was instrumental in creating an academic monitoring program. Three players were recognized as GLIAC Academic All Conference in 2011-12 while another player was named to the prestigious GLIAC Academic All Excellence as a result of Davis’ efforts.
Davis comes to Ohio Dominican from nearby St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus. As an alumnus of St. Charles, Davis joined Cardinal Head Coach Wally Teeters' coaching staff in 2000 as a varsity assistant coach and head coach of the junior varsity squad. Under Davis’ guidance, the junior varsity Cardinals amassed a record of 74-63.
During Davis’ playing career with the Cardinals, the all-district and all-league performer was the team’s most valuable player and leading scorer. Upon graduation, Davis attended The Ohio State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1996. He went on to earn an MBA with a concentration in financial management from Ashland University in 2004. He is an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Black Coaches Association.
Davis resides in Gahanna with his twin daughters, Peyton and Kendall.