Aldo Santiago is in his 26th season as head coach of the Mount Holyoke College tennis team. One of the top coaches in the northeast, he has posted an overall record of 243-269-1. Additionally, Santiago currently serves as the Physical Education Coordinator within the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at Mount Holyoke.
Since taking over the reigns of the program in 1993, Santiago has mentored a pair nationally ranked players, a NEWMAC Player of the Year and three NEWMAC Rookies of the Year. Many of his players have earned All-Conference recognition, and one took home a Seven Sisters Championship.
Santiago has guided the Lyons to appearances in 16 of the last 17 NEWMAC Tennis Tournaments. Additionally, the squad has earned a playoff spot in 13 consecutive seasons, advancing to the tournament Semifinals in three of the last four seasons. Overall, Santiago's team has reached the conference Semifinals six times.
For his efforts, Santiago has earned a number of accolades, including ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season.
Prior to joining the Lyons staff, Santiago served as an assistant coach for the men's tennis team at The Ohio State University. He helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship in 1991. In 1986, Santiago was an assistant coach for women's tennis team at Ohio University.
Once ranked among the top five amateur players in Puerto Rico, Santiago played tennis for four years at the University of Puerto Rico and was named Most Valuable Player in his senior season. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in physical education from Puerto Rico and his Master of Science degree in physical education from Ohio.
Santiago's players have offered instruction to young people in the local community and have conducted weekly workouts for faculty and friends. His teams travel to his home in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico during spring break most seasons.
In addition to his duties as tennis coach at Mount Holyoke, Santiago also teaches all levels of raquet sports, including tennis, badminton and squash. He is also heavily involved with Mount Holyoke's Posse Scholars Program, and serves as the Posse 3 mentor, which graduated in 2016.
ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year
|2019-20||2-3||0-0||Spring Season Cancelled due to COVID-19 Outbreak|
|Totals||256-282-1 (.476)||89-107 (.454)|
|Title:||Assistant Tennis Coach|
Cestero joined the tennis staff as the assistant coach in 1997. In addition to his work with the tennis team, he has served as the assistant for the Lyons squash team since 2012.
During his time at MHC, Cestero has worked with head coach Aldo Santiago, to help guide the Lyons to appearances in 14 of the last 16 NEWMAC Tennis Tournaments. Additionally, the squad has earned a playoff spot in 11 consecutive seasons, advancing to the tournament Semifinals in 2014.
Cestero has helped mentor a number of outstanding Mount Holyoke student-athletes, including a NEWMAC Player of the Year, three NEWMAC Rookies of the Year and countless All-Conference honorees.
Additional to his duties at Mount Holyoke, Cestero also serves as the head coach for the South Hadley High School varsity girls' tennis team. Since his arrival in 1997, he has guided the Tigers to six Divisional Championships, and to the Massachusetts State Finals in 2009.
Cestero also served as the head boy's volleyball coach at Central High School (1997-2000) and the assistant tennis coach at Holyoke Community College (1996-2000).
In addition to his coaching duties, Cestero has served in a number of teaching positions. Most recently, he served as a physical education teacher at New Leadership Charter School (2008-11) and the High School of Commerce in Springfield (1999-07).
Cestero also spent 26 years as an associate professor and lecturer at the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon. During that time, he served as the Acting Chairman for the Department of Physical Education and as a student advisor. He also supervised the Human Exercise Laboratory and developed, trained and supervised the Athletic Trainer's Clinic.
Additionally, Cestero coached a number of teams at Bayamon, including the varsity boys' and girls' tennis teams, along with the varsity girls' basketball and softball teams.
Cestero earned a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from the Inter-American University. He attained his Master's in Physical Education from New York University.