Martin Desmarais, a five-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year honoree and two-time United Soccer Coaches New England Regional Coach of the Year, enters his 12th season at the helm of MIT’s women’s soccer program in 2019 coming off back-to-back NEWMAC Tournament Championship titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Desmarais first joined the program as an assistant coach in 2005. He became head coach in 2008, since then, he has led MIT to four NEWMAC Championship titles, seven consecutive regular season crowns and eight NCAA tournament appearances, making it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012 for the first time in program history and again in 2017. Desmarais, who has totaled 153 wins over that span, became the first coach in program history to reach 100 career wins after his squad defeated Worcester State on September 6th, 2016.
Desmarais led the Engineers to their best seasons in program history over three straight years beginning in 2016. In that span, MIT posted an overall record of 54-11-5 and a mark of 26-1-3 in NEWMAC play. The Engineers took home three NEWMAC Regular Season titles, a pair of NEWMAC Championship crowns and made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament with their best finish coming in 2017 when the team reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in program history. The 2017 squad became the first team to reach 20 wins in a single season and reached the highest Division III national ranking in program history at No. 12.
With a career record of 153-49-30, Desmarais is the program’s all-time leader in wins and winning percentage (.724) and has the most postseason victories with 16.
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.