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Big coaching changes at Central Catholic

Mike Santiago is back in the coaching game in San Antonio as he joins Central Catholic High School this fall. (SBG Photo)

Mike Santiago is back in the coaching game in San Antonio as he joins Central Catholic High School this fall.

“I still have something to give to this sport – to offer to this sport – and to offer the young men,” explained Central Catholic's new head football coach Mike Santiago. “I think they have something to offer to me.”

That's just one of the changes Central Catholic made Tuesday in their athletic department. They've also added some other names you might recognize. Long time Major League Baseball player Danny Heep will take over the baseball team and Hector Rodriguez will serve as athletic director. He was formally with the Northside ISD.

Long time athletic director Carlos Enrico is stepping down.

Santiago brings 35 years of coaching with him, but none of those years was spent at the high school level. He's been at ten different schools over that time and started the football program at UIW. In 2011 he resigned from that position, so taking over the program at Central Catholic is the perfect fit.

“I get to coach again,” said Santiago. “When you're a division one head coach, you don't coach. You're doing a lot of other things besides coaching. I used to call it the 'green time.' And everybody said, 'What do you miss?' I miss the green time. I miss the time on the field. Here you get to do everything. I'm in the weight room. I'm in the training room. I'm on the field. I'm all over the place with these guys.”

He'll get a lot of green time this season. Central Catholic kicks of their football season on August 31st against Kennedy.

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