Sport Assignments: Football (assistant), Men's & Women's Golf
Brandon DeSantis begins his third year with University of Delaware Athletics in 2016-17 as assistant athletic trainer.
He is the top assistant to head athletic trainer Dan Watson with the Blue Hens football program while also handling athletic training needs for the UD men's and women's golf teams.
DeSantis came to Delaware with experience from the highest levels of NCAA Division I athletics, having worked as an assistant at Pitt, Kentucky, and UCLA. He also worked as an intern with National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers for seven months in 2009-10.
A native of North Huntingdon, Pa., DeSantis graduated summa cum laude with a degree in athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and earned his master's degree in athletic training from the University of Kentucky in 2012.
He most recently served for two years as assistant athletic trainer at UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif. in 2012-14. While at UCLA, he served as assistant athletic trainer for the Bruins football team and was primary athletic trainer for the women's tennis squad.
He also mentored students from California State University-Long Beach and was an instructor for the UCLA Sports Medicine Internship Program in the area of injury evaluation.
While an undergraduate at Pitt, he was a student athletic trainer for the Panther football and women's basketball teams, assisted with the football team at nearby Carnegie Mellon University, and served his internship with the Steelers. During his time with the Steelers, he revised and created the 2009-10 Pittsburgh Steelers Sports Medicine Standard Operating Procedures Manual.
He then moved on to Kentucky where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for two years in 2010-12. He was the primary athletic trainer for the Wildcat women's gymnastics, dance, and men's golf programs and provided practice coverage for men's basketball and off-season support for the football team.
An Eagle Scout, DeSantis was a Dean's List student at Pitt, was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and earned the NATA Research and Education Foundation Scholarship in 2010.
He has also been active as a student mentor and as a volunteer with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky, The Call to Serve, Special Olympics, and Ronald McDonald House.
Brandon and his wife, Lisa, welcomed the birth of their first child, daughter, Lena, on Jan. 8, 2017.
|Position:||Assistant Athletic Trainer|
|Hometown:||North Huntingdon, Pa.|