NORMAL, Illinois (March 2, 2018) – The CornBelters have added Pascual Santiago to their coaching staff for the 2018 season.
Santiago is no stranger to the Frontier League as he previously served as a pitching coach for the Joliet Slammers. In 2017, Santiago managed the Old Orchard Beach Surge of the Empire League located in Maine. There he led the team to the Empire League Championship series and was awarded Manager of the Year.
Starting his coaching career in 2002, Santiago served as an assistant coach with Lewis University Flyers. Santiago then moved to a pitching coach role with Moraine Valley Community College and Olive Harvey City College. Santiago accepted an associate head coach and hitting coach position for Robert Morris University, where he contributed to a conference championship. Santiago made the transition from college to the Independent leagues starting out as a pitching coach with the Windy City Thunderbolts.
After his stint with Windy City, Santiago moved to Gary SouthShore RailCats for three seasons winning the American Association Championship in 2013 serving as an assistant/first base coach. There he made a return to the Frontier League as a pitching coach for Joliet.
First-Year manager Billy Horn acknowledges that Santiago’s past experiences will be beneficial to the CornBelters organization, stating that “Pascual is the perfect fit for the organization. He is a seasoned veteran when it comes to independent baseball. He has coached third-base and worked with hitters for the past decade or so and I am looking forward to him taking on those same duties in Normal this season. He has the perfect temperament and personality that will fit into our philosophy.”