Martin Desmarais is in his seventh season at the helm of MIT's women's soccer program after taking over as the Engineers' head coach in 2008. He first joined the program as an assistant coach in 2005. During this time, he has led Tech to two NEWMAC Championship titles and four NCAA Division III appearances, making it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012 for the first time in program history.
In 2013, Desmarias, who was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career, guided MIT to a share of the regular season title for the second year in a row and the right to host the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time.
With a career record of 73-27-20, he established the Institute standard for winning percentage (.692), conference wins (37), and post-season victories (seven). Last season, he broke the record for most victories as a coach; the previous mark of 52 had remained untouched since 2002. He was also named the NSCAA Division III New England Coach of the Year.
Desmarais came to MIT from Framingham State College where he served as an assistant women's soccer coach. Prior to joining Framingham State, Desmarais worked as a media relations assistant for the Boston Breakers of the Women's United Soccer Association.
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 The Pennsylvania State University in 1999.
Desmarais has his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma, as well as NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diploma. He is also a head coach with NEFC and is a member of the Boston Breakers coaching staff.