Q&A with Assistant Coach Jeff DiSandro

Coach DiSandro, welcome back to EMAP Nation!  We’re excited to have you here on the staff.  He will be the Panther’s Offensive Line Coach as well as have the responsibility of being the Assistant Head Coach for the program. 

Q: Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!  Take some time to tell us about your family and background.

My wife Patty and I have been married for 10 years and we met at Olivet Nazarene where she played volleyball and I played football.  We have a son, Beniah, who is about to turn 5 and a daughter Naomi who is 2 months old.  I have coached football for 9 seasons at a few different schools (Trinity International, Greenville, Malone, and Beloit).  

Q: What is it about Greenville College Football that brought you back to Southern Illinois after a few years away?
I was excited about getting the opportunity to have some different roles within the program.  I felt I wanted to get back into Christian education and I also wanted to work with coaches who share the same coaching philosophies I do.  The Holy Spirit is at work in this program … and that’s been evident since the early 2000’s and I really just wanted to be where I know He is working again.

Q: You spent some time outside of coaching since you were last at Greenville, what did you do and where did you work?
I was a cop in Charleston, SC.

Q: Is there one memory in particular that stands out to you from your experience with the Charleston Police Department?
My time there confirmed what I really wanted to do or what I am called to do.  I love teaching, coaching, leading and mentoring young men and adults.  I also really love football.  I enjoyed my time away from coaching at first … but it became pretty clear how much I missed it and I gained some real clarity with the profession during my year off.  I was blessed to work for an outstanding leader in our Team Lieutenant.  I learned so much under Lt. Walker and felt like I gained some valuable skills under his watch.  But one take-away I definitely have is that I always shine my shoes before recruiting events now!

Q: What do you like to do with your free time (before you had a newborn of course)?
I like to work out, read books, and spend time with my kids.  Our oldest is getting to an age where we can do some cool stuff with him like dad/mom – son dates etc.  I’ll also read pretty much anything these days.  In particular, I am about to finish “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and my next one is a clock management book.  And of course, I also enjoy watching film!     

 Thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for our EMAP Nation followers!

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