On Presentation Night last month, the Committee of the Diamond Valley United Soccer Club were pleased to announce Michael Santoro as senior coach for 2020.
Below, Michael (Micka) gives a quick introduction of himself.
I’m 36 years old, and grew up in Reservoir. I’m married with 2 children aged 4 & 6. Professionally, I am a Customer Relationship Manager Senior for a fleet management company – LeasePlan and been here for 15 years.
Football has been part of my life since I was 7 and played for many clubs in my time, most notably for Diamond Valley, Doncaster Rovers, FC Bulleen Lions, Dandenong City & Preston Lions, playing under some of Victoria’s best coaches.
Playing highlights: I played for Doncaster for 10 years over two spells, enjoying personal success, earning promotion from State 3 to State 2 in 2003, winning 3 Senior B&Fs, a State league 2 B&F in 2009 and captaining the club in 2008 & 2009. I spent two years at Dandenong City where we were State League 2 champions in 2011 and also wining another senior B&F in a championship winning season.
Coaching highlights: Finished my playing career in 2016 whilst I was also an assist assistant coach at the time and maintained the role in 2017 under former teammate at Doncaster and Diamond Valley, Rob Ardesi.
I’m humbled to have been appointed the senior coach of Diamond Valley United SC.
This club has such a proud and rich history and am looking forward to bring on field and off field success by driving a positive, enjoyable & disciplined culture within the senior structure that also creates a pathway for our juniors to represent the club at senior level in the coming years.