STEVE M. SANFILIPPO
OWNER & LEAD HITTING INSTRUCTOR
Steve Sanfilippo enters his fifth season as the head baseball coach at MSOE in 2018.
Over his first four seasons, he has led the Raiders to a turnaround as they have won 45 games over the last two seasons with the first two league tournament appearances since joining the NACC in 2008.
MSOE won more than 20 games for the second-straight season in 2017, topping 20 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the early 1980s. The team also finished .500-or-better in consecutive campaigns for the first time since then.
In 2016, the Raiders had a memorable season in which they won a school-record 24 games and advanced to the NACC Championship game.
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.
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.