Bob Santini Ď53
Bob Santini came to Iona from St. Simon-Stock High School in the Bronx, where he was an All-City candidate at forward his senior year. During his three varsity seasons at Iona, Santini compiled a total of 739 points, and helped lead the Gaels to records of 22-4, 20-7, and 17-3. In two of those three years the Gaels participated in the National Catholic Invitational Tournament, finishing fourth in both 1950-51 and 1952-53.
After his college career ended, Santini was drafted by the New York Knicks in the third round of the 1953 National Basketball Association draft. However, the Army also drafted the Bronx native, and his professional playing career was cut short before it began. However, in the Army, Santini continued to play basketball and teamed with All-Americans Cliff Hagan of Kentucky and Dick Groat of Duke to lead the Second Army Special Service to several titles.
When Santini was discharged, he chose not to attempt a career in professional basketball. He settled in the San Francisco area and has been a teacher for the past twenty years.