Steve Sanfilippo has completed five seasons as the head baseball coach at MSOE in 2018.
In his tenure, Sanfilippo has led the Raiders to an era of prosperity which has included the first run of three-straight 20-win seasons in program history and berths in each of the last three NACC Tournaments. In 2016, the program made its first league tournament appearance since joining the NACC in 2008.
MSOE has won 70 games over the last three seasons, breaking a school record for wins in a season twice with 24 in 2016 and 25 in 2018. The team also finished .500-or-better in three-straight campaigns for the first time since the early 1980's.
This past season, the Raiders finished in the top three of the NACC Tournament for the third-straight season, a run which included a trip to the 2016 NACC Championship.
In his first season guiding the Raiders, Sanfilippo led the team to 13 victories. In conference play, MSOE increased its win total two games to eight and came within two games of a first NACC Tournament berth. The highlight of the season was a pitching staff that boasted a team ERA of 4.24, 1.56 runs better than 2013 and the program’s best ERA in over 20 years.
The 2014 season also brought some notable firsts, as MSOE went toe-to-toe with some of the top teams in the conference. The Raiders defeated Benedictine for the first time ever in April and followed that up three days later with a doubleheader sweep of Aurora. It was the program’s first-ever wins against the Spartans. MSOE also took Concordia Chicago, the third-ranked team in the nation, to extra innings in a tight 1-0 loss on an unearned run in the 10th inning.
Several players have earned awards under Sanfilippo, including six all-region honorees. Ten players have earned all-league honors over the last five seasons, including seven players named to the All-NACC First Team, and the team boasted the NACC Freshman of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
Sanfilippo has brought a wealth of baseball knowledge, having played and coached at multiple levels, including collegiately at the Division I level. Most recently, he has been at UW-Milwaukee since 2008. There, he has been on staff as an assistant coach, director of baseball operations, as well as in administrative positions within external relations and the athletic director’s office.
While working with the Milwaukee baseball program, the Panthers won two conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010. Additionally, five players were drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Sanfilippo has additional coaching experience with Ripken Baseball Camps, Whitefish Bay Junior Dukes and as a private baseball trainer as owner and operator of Sanfilippo Baseball LLC.
As a player, Sanfilippo played three seasons at Milwaukee after starting his career at Central Michigan. He was the Panthers’ starting shortstop all three seasons at UWM, earning Horizon League All-Newcomer Team honors his first season. The team won 74 games in his three seasons and advanced to the 2005 league title game.
He was just as dedicated off the field as he was a member of the National Scholars Honor Society and was named the UWM Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year as a senior.