Football Coaching Staff
Ricky Santos
Quarterbacks Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Quarterbacks Coach
Hometown: Bellingham, Mass.
High School: Bellingham H.S.
Alma Mater: University of New Hampshire
Graduating Year: 2008
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 212-854-9037

Recruiting Areas – Texas (Dallas area), Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri (Kansas City area), North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Canada


As one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks in NCAA Division I FCS history, Ricky Santos begins his third season at Columbia University as its quarterbacks coach after joining the Lions’ staff in March 2016.


After only two years, Santos has certainly made his mark at Columbia. Under Santos’ guidance, quarterback Anders Hill blossomed into one of the nation’s most improved players and one of Columbia’s all-time greatest quarterbacks as he set a school-record for completion percentage (63.4 percent) while completing 206 of 325 passes for 2,407 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2017. He was responsible for 19 of Columbia’s 31 touchdowns (61.3 percent) and ranked among league leaders in a variety of passing statistics. Most importantly, it was Hill’s leadership that guided the Lions to an 11-7 record as a starting quarterback, the best record for a Lions’ starter in over 70 years. While ranking among FCS national leaders in a variety of statistical categories, Hill finished his four-year career ranked among Columbia’s all-time career leaders in several statistics: No. 5 in pass completions (399), No. 5 in passing yardage (4,612), No. 6 in touchdown passes (27) and No. 5 in total offense (5,1777 yards).


In Santos’ first season at Columbia in 2016, Hill emerged as the Lions’ starting quarterback as he ranked among Ivy League leaders in three statistical categories and passed for 1,651 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing 53.7 percent of his passes (144 of 268). Most impressive is what Hill accomplished over Columbia’s final three games of the 2016 season, a span which saw him complete 60 percent (49 of 82) of his passes for 616 yards, six touchdowns and only four interceptions.


Santos spent the 2013-15 seasons at his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire as its wide receivers coach and punt return coordinator. During his coaching tenure, the Wildcats advanced to three consecutive FCS Playoffs as he helped UNH to a 29-12 record. On the sidelines, Santos helped to advance the career of wide receiver R.J. Harris, a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, who garnered AP All-America First Team honors and was a Walter Payton Award finalist after establshing a conference record 4,328 career yards and 36 career touchdowns.


Prior to his time coaching in Durham, Santos spent five seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes (two stints from 2008-09 and 2010-11), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2009-10) and Toronto Argonauts (2012). He signed with the Alouettes after a brief free agent stint with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008) following his impressive collegiate career at UNH. In Montreal, he guided the Alouettes to two Grey Cup titles.


Under current San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, Santos was a three-time All-American quarterback at New Hampshire, earning the 2006 Walter Payton Award as the National FCS Player of the Year. The 2016 UNH Hall of Fame inductee was a two-time Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of the Year and earned the conference’s and ECAC Rookie of the Year award in 2004.


While guiding New Hampshire to a 37-14 and four straight NCAA Division I FCS playoff appearances, he led the squad to its first-ever postseason victory, was part of the 2005 Atlantic 10 championship team and two A-10 Northern Division titles.


Santos concluded his career ranked first in NCAA FCS history with 2,140 career plays, No. 3 in both passing yards (13,212) and touchdown passes (123) and ranks fourth in total offense (14,615 yards). Santos also holds NCAA records for touchdown passes in a season (31) and most yards gained in a game by a freshman (544). He also holds 16 school records including career completions (1,024), career pass attempts (1,498) and completion percentage (68.3 percent). On the list of single-season superlatives, he holds the top three marks for completions, top two efforts for passing yards and No. 2-4 in pass attempts as well as single-season records for completion percentage and total offense. Santos is also the single-game record holder for passing touchdowns (six), passing yards (538) and completions percentage (96.2 percent).


Santos is a 2008 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology/Sports Management.



Birthdate: April 26, 1984

Hometown: Bellingham, Mass.



Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology/Sports Management, University of New Hampshire, 2008; Bellingham High School, 2003


Coaching Career

Quarterbacks Coach, Columbia University, 2016-current

Wide Receivers Coach/Punt Return Coordinator, University of New Hampshire, 2013-15

Volunteer Football Coach, Bellingham High School, Mass., 2012-13


Playing Career

One of the all-time great FCS players in history and the most decorated player in the history of New Hampshire football … As a college quarterback, earned the 2006 Walter Payton Award as the nation’s FCS player of the year following his junior year … Three-time All-American, two-time Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of the Year, three-time A-10 all-conference selection and four-year starter at New Hampshire (2004-07) … Set three FCS national records, ranks among the top-5 in six records and set 16 school passing records … Played five years in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes (two stints: 2008-09 and 2010-11), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2009) and Toronto Argonauts (2012) … Also served a brief free agent stint in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs … Guided the Alouettes to two Grey Cup titles … All-State honoree in football at Bellingham High School who led his team to back-to-back Massachusetts Super Bowl titles in 2000 and 2001 and set the state’s single-season touchdown pass record … Three-sport high school athlete … Once threw a state-record seven touchdowns in one game, all to his cousin, Steve Wood … Offensive coordinator at New Hampshire was Chip Kelly, who is the current San Francisco 49ers head coach, former Oregon head coach and a former Columbia assistant (1990-91).