Martin Desmarais is in his eighth 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, three consecutiuve regular season crowns, and five NCAA tournament appearances, including the program’s first trip to the Sweet 16 in 2012.
In 2014, Desmarias, who was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, guided MIT to the regular season title for the third year in a row. With a career record of 88-32-22, he has established an institute standard for winning percentage (.697), conference wins (46), and post-season victories (eight).
Desmarais came to MIT from Framingham State University 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 was tabbed NSCAA New England Coach of the Year in 2012.