Martin Desmarais enters his third season at the helm of MIT's women's soccer program. Since joining the program as an assistant coach in 2005, Desmarais' tenure with the Engineers has coincided with a tremendous turnaround at the Institute. In 2007, MIT finished with a 13-7 record (second most wins in school history) and advanced to the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship. In 2009, the Engineers made institute history when they shutout WPI, Wheaton College, and Springfield College in postseason play to win their first NEWMAC championship and clinch their first NCAA National Tournament berth.
Desmarais came to MIT from Framingham State College where he served as an assistant women's soccer coach. He was part of a staff that led the Rams to a tie for the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season crown in 2004.
Prior to joining Framingham State, Desmarais worked as a media relations assistant for the Boston Breakers of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). As a member of the Breakers' staff, he was responsible for in-game statistics and game analysis, as well as primary coverage on the WUSA's web site.
A 1997 graduate of Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass., Desmarais was a member of Stonehill's ice hockey team. He went on to earn a master's degree in media studies from Pennsylvania State University in 1999.
Desmarais has a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma, as well as NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diplomas. He is also a head girls coach with Eastern Mass Futebol Club.