Donovan Santas just completed his 19th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 17th year in professional baseball including the last 15 (2000-2016) with the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to being named the Jays’ Major League Strength and Coach in 2003, Donovan spent two years (2001-2002) as Toronto’s Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. His first experience in professional baseball was as minor league strength and conditioning intern for the Cleveland Indians AA Akron Aeros in Akron, OH in 2000 and AAA Buffalo Bisons in Buffalo, NY in 2001.
A native of Wonewoc, WI, Donovan was a three-year letterman in football and basketball at Wonewoc-Center HS in Wonewoc, WS where he earned All-Conference Awards in both sports his junior and senior year (1994, 1995). He then enrolled at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where he graduated in 1999 with a BS degree in Exercise and Sports Science. As an undergraduate, he worked as an intern in the University of Wisconsin La Crosse weight room where he provided assistance in 16 different sports. In the fall of 1999, he worked as an intern at University of Arizona working with football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, swimming and diving, softball and golf.
Donovan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also CPR certified by the American Red Cross.
He resides in Trinity, FL during the off-season with his wife of 8 years, Dana and their son Luke (age 7). His hobbies are working out in his home garage gym and spending time with his family.
Donovan and the Blue Jays believe in an entirely individualized program model. Their goal is to find the most appropriate individualized program for each athlete based on evaluations, predetermined goals both sport and athletic development based, that is governed by a series of checks and re-checks to assure progress towards complete athlete development. This approach requires an interdisciplinary High Performance approach across all departments; medical, strength and conditioning, sports science and analytics, physical therapy, nutrition, mental performance, and position coaches. Collaboration between all departments is crucial to the process of building appropriate player centered individualized programs.