Hi, I’m Trevor Santor and welcome to Baseball Genesis. Here’s a little bit about me:
I am currently an assistant baseball coach at Olivet Nazarene University where I wear multiple hats including: hitting coach, outfield coach, strength and conditioning coach, recruiting coordinator, and faith development coach.
I began my coaching career shortly after graduating from Arizona Christian University (2014) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Biblical Studies. My very first coaching position was with the Warriors Baseball Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Then I transitioned to high school baseball where I coached for the Sandra Day O’Connor Eagles from (2014-2016).
I played collegiate baseball at both Grand Canyon University (2009-2012) and Arizona Christian University (2012-2014) where I played mostly outfield and some infield. I had outward success both on the field and in the classroom having a total combined collegiate batting average of .317 and a GPA of 3.7.
I started Baseball Genesis in 2013 shortly after a serious baseball accident took me out of the game of baseball for a short season while God was restoring my faith completely back to Jesus Christ.
Up until that point in my life, I was deceived by the promises of this world into pursuing idols and the pleasures of the flesh. I received little Godly counsel on my journey through high school and college and so I resolved to trying to do things my own way. I had my eyes on the ways of the world and I was making poor decision after poor decision.
By the grace of God, there was a brick wall that changed the trajectory of my life forever. Jesus loved me too much to see me continue down the path that I was on. In 2012, during a Fall baseball game, I ran into a brick wall in right center field that completely changed my perspective on life and my baseball career. It is now my life purpose to share my testimony and be the coach and spiritual leader that I wish I had growing up.
The mission of Baseball Genesis is to Grow God’s Kingdom through the Game of Baseball. We do that by providing the best quality information and training about all baseball topics and relating it back to God and what it means to live by faith in Christ.
On this website, I will openly and passionately share all of the knowledge, tools, resources, and strategies that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference for the lives of baseball players, parents, and coaches while on their own baseball journeys.
I grew up in the game of baseball. I spent every waking moment thinking about baseball and how I wanted to be a Major League baseball player someday.
By the time I was 12 years old, I had rotator cuff shoulder surgery from overthrowing. I was taken out of baseball for 9 months at the same time my parents were going through a divorce. My life was a wreck and I had nowhere to turn, but to God.
I would pray to God to let me play baseball again and if he did then I would live for him. Once I recovered from surgery, baseball went back to #1 on my priorities in life, and God took a backseat.
This was the story of my life for the next 10 years. I would advance in my baseball career by having a lot of success on the field and in the classroom, but I would be living in terrible sin off the field because I did not truly know and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
By my sophomore year in college, I was a star player on the team. I tasted a bit of success and I was hungry for more, so that I could one day be a Major League player. Yet, God had other plans and a better purpose for my life.
Seven games into my sophomore year, my back went out with a bulged disk and I would sit out for the remainder of the year. At that time, a team chaplain would come in and share the Gospel message with us and he even handed me a Bible to keep.
I remember reading the book of Proverbs in the Bible and seeing how much truth and wisdom was inside and I began to cry because up until that point I had not been living a life that was honoring to God.
Fast forward one year, and I find myself sitting in the baseball office, after a new coach took over the program, I only had 30 at bats that season, and I was struggling mightily with sin. When I sat down the coach looked me in the eyes and said, “Trevor, we aren’t going to ask you to come back next year.” I was in shock because I had never been cut from a team before.
I was at a crossroads moment of what to do next, but it all became clear when I was on my morning commute to my summer job and I had noticed a school that I had never seen before. They had a baseball field on the campus and so I pulled in, got out of my car, and walked around on the outskirts of the field. It was a beautiful field and I had a reassuring sense that this field would be my new home, to finish my college career, and to grow closer to God.
The very next day at work, I received a phone call from the head coach at Arizona Christian University saying he would be interested in me playing for him. I was so excited that I was given a new opportunity to play in college in Arizona! I was going to make the most of this opportunity!
Again, because I was still treating baseball and the glory that came with it as my idol, I was on a mission to make myself famous. I think God loved me so much and He knew exactly what I needed in life that He had enough of me putting myself before Him. So it was the very first Fall baseball game of the 2012 season and I was trying to make the starting lineup for this new team of about 60 baseball players.
I was playing center field when a ball was hit to deep right center field. I was off to the races to make this catch. As I made the catch over my right shoulder, the very next step I took was a blistering crash into a brick wall with no pads.
I kept hold of the ball, but laid there on the warning track in severe pain. I was squeezing the hand of a teammate, moaning in excruciating pain because my knee cap had split into two pieces and my face was fractured.
I remember the team ran out and circled around me while students from the school were praying over me. Then the moment I will never forget. I had a sense that God was there in my presence, comforting me, and saying, “Trevor, put your trust in me, everything will be okay.” A moment that changed my life forever.
I was rushed to the hospital, had emergency surgery that night, and was woken up to teachers from the school visiting me and praying with me. I was to be in a brace and crutches for six weeks while I recovered.
While I was away from the baseball team, I was surrounded for the first time by a Christian community and was attending chapel services twice a week. Learning about Jesus and the Bible while I was broken and at my lowest was the very best thing that could have happened to me.
I had a new perspective on life and baseball, and it was no longer about me and making myself famous. It was
now about living for Jesus and making Him famous! My life had a new, fresh burning desire to change the baseball culture for Christ.
When I recovered from surgery about 3 months later, I returned to the team and wanted to make an impact for Christ to a team of sinners who did not fully grasp the gospel like myself just a few months earlier.
I started to bring Jesus on the field with me, lead prayer, sing worship out on the field and help other teammates discover the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. That season was one of the best seasons for me spiritually and even physically. Our team made it all the way to the Christian College World Series in Mason, Ohio and we were in a critical game to keep us alive in the tournament.
We were down 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th and we somehow tied up the game. I was then up to bat with the winning run on second base. I remember it being the longest at-bat of my life, and about the 12th pitch of the at-bat I squared up a pitch that sailed over the left field fence for a walk-off home run!
It was a pinnacle moment for me and I discovered the faithfulness of God that year. When you put God first, he will give you the desires of your heart. My desire was no longer to make it to the Major Leagues, but to be a faithful warrior for Christ and make Him known throughout the baseball culture.
The next year I began the process of authoring a book that was published in 2015 titled Baseball Genesis – Living for Christ through the Game of Baseball. The premise of the book is giving baseball players who know a lot about the game of baseball, but not a lot about the Gospel of Jesus Christ a chance to fully grasp and understand the principles and mysteries.
I now use baseball as a chance to grow relationships by providing valuable training about all I know about the game of baseball to help them succeed. Most of all, I now use the game of baseball to preach the Gospel of Jesus and save baseball players from a life of sin and destruction by sharing my testimony and teaching them about the Grace that is freely given to us all.
In His Grace & Faith,