Roberto dos Santos
After 10 seasons as the head men’s soccer coach at Cowley College, Roberto dos Santos made the transition to serve as head coach of the women’s soccer team during the 2018 season.
Dos Santos previously coached the women’s soccer team at Cowley College in its inaugural season and helped the Lady Tigers to a respectable record of 8-9. His presence helped Cowley win two more conference games than the previous season in his return to coaching the Lady Tigers.
During the 2019 season, Dos Santos led the squad to what was then its most successful season in the history of the program. The Lady Tigers would finish the season with a record of 14-4. The 14 wins were a then school-record. Cowley also captured its first-ever conference title and won its first-ever playoff game during the 2019 season.
In his third year back with the team, Cowley made it back-to-back conference titles and finished with a record of 10-3-1. The 2021 season proved to be even more successful as Dos Santos helped the Lady Tigers win a third straight conference title and finish with a record of 15-1-2.
Cowley finished 9-8 this past season, suffering four one-goal defeats.
Prior to returning to coach the women’s soccer team, Dos Santos led the Tiger men’s soccer team to back-to-back second-place finishes in the conference during the 2016 and 2017 seasons and finished with a record of 79-68-10 as coach of the men’s team.
He holds a career record of 60-34-6 as head coach of the Lady Tigers.
Prior to coaching at Cowley, Dos Santos spent the previous seven years as the Southwestern College Moundbuilders’ head men’s soccer coach and also spent five of those seasons as the head women’s coach as well.
Dos Santos is a native of Brasilia, Brazil. He came to the United States in 1991 to play soccer at Saint Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, where he was awarded first-team all-conference and first-team all-region honors. In 1992 he transferred to his alma mater, Bethany College in Lindsborg.
At Bethany, he was a first-team all-conference selection all three years at the school. He capped his collegiate career by being named an all-American in 1994.
In Brazil, Dos Santos played for CR Guara, AA Internacional de Limeira, and Santa Fe FC. In the USA he played in the Premier Development League with the Wichita Jets and Sioux City Breeze.
Prior to coaching at Southwestern, Dos Santos served as assistant coach for the Sioux Falls Spit Fire – PDL team and was an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Evansville.
He also served as the head women’s coach at Bethany College.
Dos Santos has a USSF (United States Soccer Federation) “B” License.
He and his wife, Kirsten, have two boys, Diego, and Gabriel.