2006 All Star Coach West
1st Assistant Coach Bill Santilli
Crystal Falls Forest Park High School
Coach Santilli is a 1976 graduate of Crystal Falls Forest Park. He received an associates degree in civil engineering from Michigan Tech University in 1978, worked for Capital Consultants Engineering in Lansing for 7 years, and has been employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation for the past 20 years, working out of the Crystal Falls office.
Bill got involved in coaching at Crystal Falls Forest Park in 1990 where he started as a Junior High boys basketball coach. In 1992 he began his football coaching career at the Junior Varsity level, and was named the Head Football Coach in 1996. He continues to coach both Junior High boys basketball and varsity football at Forest Park, and enjoys the interaction with student athletes.
In his 10 years at Crystal Falls Forest Park, Coach Santilli’s teams have compiled an 84-30 record. His teams have won 7 Great Western Conference championships, 4 District titles, 3 Regional titles, and have been Division 8 State Finalists 3 times. The Trojans have also been named the Upper Peninsula’s Class D Team of the Year 4 times during his tenure. Bill has been selected as MHSFCA Regional Coach of the Year 5 times, and was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
“I credit my success to the constant support of my family: my wife of 27 years, Sally, son Tony (a senior at Michigan Tech), and son Scott (a sophomore at Ferris State); a dedicated coaching staff at Forest Park; a number of excellent athletes over the years; and a strong Christian faith. My Defensive Coordinator, Coach Dave Graff, and I have an outstanding relationship both on and off the field and we have worked hard to try and maintain the football tradition at our school.”
“It is such an honor to be selected to coach in the 2006 All-Star game. I look forward to establishing new relationships with fellow coaches and athletes that will hopefully extend beyond the field of competition as a result of this experience.”