Martin Desmarais, a three-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year honoree, enters his tenth season at the helm of MIT’s women’s soccer program after earning his 100th career victory back on September 6th, 2016. Desmarais took over as head coach of the team back in 2008.
Desmarais first joined the program as an assistant coach in 2005. Since then, he has led MIT to two NEWMAC Championship titles, five consecutiuve regular season crowns and six NCAA tournament appearances, making it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012 for the first time in program history.
In 2016, Desmarias led the Engineers to their best season in program history as MIT went 17-6-1 and 8-1-1 in NEWMAC play. The Cardinal and Gray secured its fifth straight NEWMAC regular season championship and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament - the sixth appearance in the national tournament for the team, all of which have come under the guidance of Desmarais.
With a career record of 116-44-26, Desmarais is the program's all-time leader in wins and winning percentage (.694) and has the most postseason victoris with ten.
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.