Men's Basketball Player
Inducted in 2002
Brian Santiago was an outstanding basketball player at UVSC in 1988-89 and 1991-92, with a two-year LDS Church mission to the Dominican Republic in between. He was the point guard on the two most successful teams in UVSC history in terms of winning percentage. He averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 assists on a 1988-89 club that went 29-5, and led the team in steals with 2.4 per game. In 1991-92 he became one of only four players in UVSC history to lead the team in scoring and assists in the same season. He averaged 17.7 points and 7.6 assists on a team that went 28-5.
When Santiago finished his career at UVSC he held a host of school records, including most three-pointers in a game (7) , most three-pointers in a season (96), most career three-pointers (171), most steals in a game (9), most career steals ((165), most assists in a season (243), and most career assists (424). He was an outstanding long-range shooter, connecting on 45 percent of his three-point tries over his two years at UVSC. He was a first-team All-Region selection. A few of Santiago's records have fallen since his departure, but he still sits atop the record book in many categories. He also played baseball at UVSC, hitting .354 in 1989.
After leaving UVSC, Santiago played for Fresno State of the Western Athletic Conference, where he earned All-WAC honors after setting the Fresno single-season record for assists (223). He led the WAC in assists and three-point shooting (.500, 64-128). Though playing only two years, he wound up second on Fresno's all-time assist list. He was on the Dean's list at Fresno, and was named the Outstanding Scholar Athlete graduate. He also earned academic All-WAC honors.
Santiago earned a bachelor's degree in international business administration from Fresno State, then returned to Utah County to earn a master's in business administration from Brigham Young University. He played in the Superior Basketball League in Puerto Rico for three years, and was a member of the pre-selection Puerto Rican Olympic team in 1992. He served as Administrative Assistant for Basketball Operations at BYU from 1997 to 2001 before being promoted to Associate Athletic Director - Operations and then Senior Associate Athletic Director at BYU.
Santiago is married to former UVSC women's basketball player Kimberly Blackburn. The Santiagos have three sons, McKay, Colson and Jaxon, and one daughter, Whitney.
04/10/2014 - M. Basketball