Sanfilippo guided the Spartans to a third place finish in the Mountain West last season.
With Sanfilippo as the first base coach and fielding coach, California appeared in two NCAA Regionals and was a 2011 College World Series team. His other duties with the Golden Bears included opponent scouting reports, video analysis, and youth/prospect camp coordination. Cal averaged more than 31 wins per season while Sanfilippo assisted there and won a game on college baseball's biggest stage in Omaha, Neb.
Sanfilippo assisted 18 Golden Bear players that were drafted by major league teams including Tony Renda, a second round selection by the Washington Nationals and Marcus Semien, a sixth round selection of the Chicago White Sox.
Sanfilippo has seven years of head coaching experience at the high school level. He coached locally at Willow Glen High School (2002-03) and at Los Gatos High School (2004-2009) where he was a standout player himself. Los Gatos High won four El Camino League titles in six seasons and notched their first two Central Coast Section (CCS) championships in school history under Sanfilippo's lead. He coached centerfielder Logan Shaefer at Los Gatos High, who made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011.
The Wildcats were 139-51 during Sanfilippo's tenure and in 2006 finished ranked 12th in the state of California. Following the 2009 season Sanfilippo was inducted into the Los Gatos High School Hall of Fame.
Sanfilippo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Davis and was a three-year starter on the Aggies baseball team from 1995-98. He was a team captain and a First-Team All-West District selection during the 1998 season as well as a Co-Sida Academic First-Team All-West District selection.
He went on to earn a teaching credential in 2004 with an emphasis in English, and spent seven years as the eighth grade language arts teacher at Willow Glen Middle School.
Sanfilippo and his fiancé Colleen reside in San Francisco, Calif.