Sammy Castellanos enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the USF soccer program.
In his first season as an assistant with USF, Castellanos help lead the Bulls to the program's second Big East Red Division Title and its third NCAA Elite Eight Appearance.
He returned to the Tampa Bay area after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Philadelphia University.
A Philadelphia native, Castellanos played professionally for two years in the Honduras 1st Division for both Deportes Savio (2008-09) and C.D. Montagua (2006-07). He also played for the Philadelphia KIXX indoor soccer team in the National Indoor Soccer League (NISL) from 2007-08.
A 2006 graduate of USF, Castellanos played his final two seasons (2005 and 2006) for the Bulls after transferring from Rutgers. A midfielder, Castellanos helped the Bulls to a 2005 BIG EAST regular season championship and a runner-up finish in the BIG EAST Tournament that year. The 2005 USF squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament - and finished the season with a 13-6-2 record and a 9-2 slate in conference - was the first for Kiefer as head coach for the Bulls.
Castellanos also played for the under-17 United States National Team.
In addition to his coaching experience at Philadelphia, Castellanos also had significant youth soccer coaching experience, coaching for four years at the helm of FC Delco's under-18 team.
Soccer runs in the family for the Castellanos' as Sammy's older brother, David Castellanos, is the head soccer coach at Penn State-Abington and his father Reynaldo Castellanos is an assistant.