Nick Cheronis brings a wealth of experience to the Santa Fe volleyball program. In his 37th year as a coach at every level of play, Coach Cheronis now leads the Santa Fe program in his fifth year at the helm.
Cheronis has accumulated a 89-44 record, including a trip to the NJCAA Tournament in 2016 where the Saints finished fourth in the nation, and a Mid-Florida Conference championship in 2014. The Saints have qualified and competed in the FCSAA Region 8 Tournament all four years.
Cheronis has had stops at four different colleges prior to arriving at the University of Florida in 1992 as an assistant coach. In 18 seasons at Florida, he helped guide the Gators to 17 consecutive Southeastern Championships, 18 trips to the NCAA tournament, 10 Elite eight appearances, 7 final fours and 1 national championship match in 2003. While there, 25 different players became AVCA All-Americans including one national freshman of the year. In 1996, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach with primary responsibilities as the defensive coordinator, assistant director of camps, and overseeing the Gator strength and conditioning program.
Most recently before Santa Fe, Cheronis was the head coach for Saint Francis Catholic High School in Gainesville, Florida. In 2012 and 2013, he guided the Wolves to back-to-back state finals appearances finishing as Class 3A State Runner-Ups in 2012.
In 2013 Cheronis was named as an assistant coach for the USA Youth National team that competed in the Youth World Championships in Thailand. At that tournament, USA finished with a first ever medal for USA Volleyball in that age group.
“It has been a great ride so far here at Santa Fe. When you start a program from scratch, you are fielding teams, but in our fourth year now, I feel like we have developed a nationally competitive program.”
Coach Cheronis and his wife Lori reside in Gainesville. He has a son, Billy who is 23 and a daughter Riley who is 13.