In his fifth year as an assistant coach for the Rebels is Angel Santiago. A former professional baseball player, Santiago primarily works with the Rebel offense, outfielders and catchers.
Santiago came to UNLV from Flossmoor, Ill., where he spent four years as a physical education and strength coach at baseball powerhouse Homewood-Flossmoor High School. In addition, he offered private baseball and softball instruction through the Diamond Sports Academy in Mokena, Ill.
A 1997 graduate of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Santiago spent four seasons playing professional baseball in independent leagues. He hit .305 in his first professional season, playing with the Dubois County Dragons (Huntingburg, Ind.) of the Heartland Independent Professional League. The following year, Santiago led the league in batting average, hitting .374 for the Will County Cheetahs (Romeoville, Ill.) in 1997.
Following his professional career, he landed his first coaching job, a two-year stint with the baseball team at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill.
As a prepster at Homewood-Flossmoor, Santiago posted a career batting average of .388 and earned All-SICA North Conference honors his senior year.
A Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Santiago also holds certificates from USA Weightlifting and USA Track & Field.
A self-proclaimed Chicago Cubs fan, originally from the Chicago area, Santiago now resides in Las Vegas.