Sean Saturnio | Army West Point

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Team: Army West Point
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Special Teams Coordinator
Hometown: Hilo, Hawai’i


Sean Saturnio enters his seventh season in 2020 as a member of the Army West Point football coaching staff and returns as the special teams coordinator, a role he served in for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He heads back as the leader of the special teams unit after spending the previous two seasons (2018-19) as Army's tight ends coach.

Saturnio played an integral role in his two years coaching the tight ends, as the unit assisted the offensive line in having one of the best rushing attacks in the country each year. Since the start of the 2016 season, Army is averaging a nation’s best 327.8 yards per game on the ground. During the 2019 season, Army averaged 297.2 rushing yards per game (3rd nationally), while its 45 rushing scores were tied for second in the nation.

In 2018, Saturnio helped Army capture Commander in Chief’s Trophy titles for the second-straight year and earn a bowl victory for the third year in a row following a 70-14 win over Houston. The Black Knights also finished the year with nine consecutive victories, went undefeated at home for the second year in a row and finished the year ranked 19th in the nation.

Saturnio tutored tight ends Quinten Parker and Zach Saum to become an integral part of the offensive line that helped Army rank second in the nation in rushing yards per game at 312.5 during the 2018 campaign. The group was instrumental in leading Army to the best third and fourth down conversion rate in college football. The Black Knights were also third in the nation with 47 rushing touchdowns.

In 2017, with help from Saturnio, the Black Knights brought home the Commander in Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1996 and won 10 games for only the second time in academy history. 

As special teams coordinator, he mentored punter Nick Schrage into a weapon for field position in 2017 as he was named a nominee for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. Schrage improved his average by over seven yards per kick and had six boots over 50 yards after just one in 2016.

That year the Black Knights’ Special Teams unit finished with their highest STE (Special Teams Efficiency) rating since 2010 according to the college and pro statistical analysis site Football Outsiders. The unit was tied for eighth nationally in block punts in 2016 and tied for ninth in 2017. 

Football Outsiders also ranked the jump from the 2016 to the 2017 season as the greatest one season improvement in the last decade of Army football. 

In 2016, Saturnio took over the special teams for the first time at West Point in addition to coaching the tight ends. He mentored Blake Wilson, Schrage and J.D. Mote in the kicking game in their first full season. Rookie Malik McGue averaged eight yards per punt return and had a season-long 58-yard return at Wake Forest. 

Saturnio spent his first two seasons coaching the fullbacks. In 2015, he mentored Aaron Kemper into Army’s top rusher with 544 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Kemper had a pair of 100-yard rushing games, including 140 yards against Eastern Michigan. 

Under Saturnio, Matt Giachinta gained 286 yards and scored a touchdown as a senior. He was named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Society and was a finalist for the Pop Warner Award.

In his first season at Army, Saturnio helped mentor 1,000-yard rusher Larry Dixon who topped the 3,000-yard mark for his career. Dixon was named to three postseason all-star teams and competed in the East-West Shrine Game. Saturnio also coached Giachinta, Kemper and Richie Smith, all key parts of a rushing attack that was third in the country at 296.5 yards per game. 

He also oversaw the punters and helped Alex Tardieu average 39.3 yards on 44 punts. Tardieu pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line on 18 occasions and totaled six kicks of 50 yards or more.

Saturnio came to West Point following two seasons at Georgia Southern, where he coached the tight ends and assisted Brent Davis with the offensive line. In addition, he coached the punters and coordinated the punt return team. 

Saturnio also had responsibility as the Director of Player Development in 2011 before assuming coaching responsibilities. 

In 2012, Saturnio helped wide receiver/tight end Tyler Sumner collect honors on Phil Steels’s 2012 All-Southern Conference squad. 

A native of Hilo, Hawai’i, Saturnio spent 12 seasons as the head coach at Waipahu High School, culminating with a semifinal appearance in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) White Conference playoffs in 2011. 

Saturnio was an assistant for two seasons before taking over as head coach at Waipahu where his team qualified for the playoffs in six of 10 seasons at the helm. He was named the OIA Division I Coach of the Year for the Western Division in 2008 and OIA Division II Coach of the Year in 2004. 

Saturnio began his collegiate playing career at Division III Beloit College in Wisconsin before transferring to the University of Hawai’i. He was a walk-on for the Warriors and earned a spot on the team as a wide receiver. He earned his degree in elementary education in 1992.

Saturnio and his wife, Sharon, were married in 2014. They have four children, Caitlin, Christina, Zachary, and Isaiah, and two grandchildren, Maya and Ezekiel. 
Year at Army West Point:
Career Year: 20th
Hometown: Hilo, Hawai’i
Family: wife, Sharon; daughters, Caitlin and Christina; sons, Isaiah and Zachary; grandchildren, Maya and Ezekiel

    B.S., Elementary Education, minor in Hawaiian Studies, Hawai’i, 1992

2020-pres.: Army West Point (Special Teams Coordinator)
2018-19: Army West Point (Tight Ends)
2016-17: Army West Point (Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator)
2014-15: Army West Point (Fullbacks)
2012-13: Georgia Southern (Tight Ends)
2011: Georgia Southern (Director of Player Development)
2000-10: Waipahu High School (Head Coach (02-10)/JV Coach(01)/JV Assistant(00))

• Assisted Army to an 11-win season for the first time in program history (2018)
• Helped Army capture the Commander in Chief’s Trophy in 2017 for the first time in 21 years
• Punter Nick Schrage was named a nominee for the Ray Guy Award under Saturnio’s guidance
• Moved to special teams coordinator in 2016 and coached three kickers in their first full season at West Point
• Guided a fullbacks group, led by Matt Gianchinta, that rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2015
• Tutored Larry Dixon to become 17th Army rusher to reach 1,000 yards in a season
• Dixon concluded his career fourth all-time in career rushing at Army
• Made two-straight NCAA FCS Semifinals at Georgia Southern. One as tight ends coach and other as director of player development
• Won two Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Division II titles at Waipahu as head coach and made the Hawai’i State Semifinals in 2006
• Led Waipahu to six postseason appearances
• OIA Division I Coach of the Year in 2008 and was Division II Coach of the Year in 2004

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